Bringing Muni up to Standard
As a long time transit advocate, it's hard to knock a rail project. But the Central Subway just won't do what its sponsors claim it will do. The line is too short, cuts off too many people and misses too many important stops. As a result, many would-be riders, after the first rush, will return to using buses.
As most San Franciscans know, Muni has dozens of long-neglected needs. Virtually every one of its 70 existing routes needs attention. Plus it needs a new Central Control and its Muni Metro subway needs substantially more peak period capacity. These problems can be addressed but it will take money.
If the hundreds of millions of dollars in State and local funds that are currently earmarked for the Central Subway boondoggle were diverted to solving some of Muni's real problems, 700,000 daily Muni riders and 60,000 small San Francisco businesses would benefit greatly.
To cite just one example of how Central Subway funds could be better used, for a tiny fraction of the money currently set aside for the project, the SFMTA could clean up the Stockton Street transit mess, to the point where the Muni's 9x, 30 and 45 buses could be flowing smoothly and expeditiously in 12 to 18 months.