‘We in transportation have to clean up the mess of bad housing policy,’ says new San Francisco MTA director (War on Cars Watch)

When Jeffrey Tumlin was selected by Mayor London Breed to lead the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), a hiring she announced last week, hopes were high but still cautious.

Tumlin, a 28-year San Francisco resident, last helped reform the Oakland Department of Transportation as principal at Nelson Nygaard, a transportation consulting firm. But he has yet to manage a public agency. And this isn’t any ordinary public agency. This is one that—in addition to having more than 6,000 employees, an annual budget of $1.2 billion, and roughly 714,000 passengers each day—comes saddled with issues ranging from a sexual harassment scandal to malfunctioning train doors to a dearth of service in black communities.