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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov Docket #: I.11-02-017
CPUC STAFF AND MUNI REACH TENTATIVE SAFETY AGREEMENT

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2012 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today said that its Consumer Protection and Safety Division (CPSD) and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA or Muni), which manages transportation in San Francisco, have reached an agreement in principle to settle disputes arising from the CPUC's February 2011 penalty consideration case that raised concerns about the SFMTA's system safety.

"We have worked closely with the SFMTA throughout this settlement effort, resulting in increased transparency and communication. The CPUC and the SFMTA share the goals of keeping the public safe and improving the system's rail quality. Together we have identified core system improvements that will significantly enhance system safety and allow the SFMTA to spend its dollars on improving its aging infrastructure rather than on litigation," said Michelle Cooke, Interim Director of CPSD.

The agreement in principle would establish:

The agreement in principle will be voted on by the SFMTA Board on March 20, 2012. The settlement also requires approval from the CPUC's Commissioners.

For more information on the case, including the agreement in principle, please see www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Enforcement/muni_2011.htm.

For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

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