The SF County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is hoping to allocate $173,212 for a Phase 3 Study to extend the Central Subway into North Beach and the Waterfront. But the Central Subway extension is not even on the priority lists of the Mayor’s Transportation Task Force (TTF).
TTF REPORT: http://www.sfcontroller.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=4912
With many urgent needs, scarce funding should be used to improve Muni now.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 10:30AM, City Hall Room 263
On the first big item, speak against the wasteful expenditure of $173,212 for the “study” of the Central Subway’s northern extension.
Let’s set the record straight! The Central Subway has caused service cuts. It is illogical to cut Muni service to subsidize expensive projects—when less costly projects can improve and restore Muni service. Don’t be misled by the media campaign by special interests.
CENTRAL SUBWAY HAS TAKEN TOO MUCH MONEY FROM MUNI
Since 2007, Muni has cut service, eliminated routes, shortened bus lines, deferred maintenance and reduced schedules in order to subsidize the $1.58 billion Central Subway. Over $595 million of state and local matching funds have been taken from the rest of the Muni system. With contingency funds falling to 4% of construction cost, the Central Subway faces cost overruns—taking more money from Muni needs. We shouldn’t study any Phase 3 extension until the true cost of Phase 2 is assessed.
In 2007, the T-Line (Central Subway Phase 1) eliminated the 15-Kearny Bus/ 20 Columbus Bus and cut hours for the 41-Union Bus. In 2009-10, SFMTA eliminated 6 routes, shortened 16 routes and reduced operating hours on 22 routes.
In FEIR and FTA documents, the Central Subway (Phase 2) will cut 34,000-76,000 bus hours/ year from the 8X, 30, 45 bus lines. With elimination of the T-Line’s Embarcadero/ Market Street loop, the Central Subway will decrease service to BART and Metro.
NORTHERN NEIGHBORHOODS ARE PERPETUAL TARGETS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Instead of improving public transit, the Central Subway decreases transit—but drives up land values. For decades, the northeast neighborhoods and waterfront have been targets for developers. In 2008, the Planning Director and a Planning Commissioner convened a neighborhood meeting to discuss “Rezoning Chinatown”—because of the Central Subway.
“If they build the Subway, it will ensure major, major new development at the stops in Chinatown and North Beach; and in terms of scale, these neighborhoods will never be the same again.”
—Allen B. Jacobs, Past SF Planning Director & Dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design
“The extension of the Subway tunnels to Washington Square to make a ‘removal pit’ will transform North Beach into something it mustn’t be — and permanently mar its traditional village feeling. With the extension of the Chinatown Subway into the very heart of historic North Beach, the special ambience of this fragile quarter will be greatly diminished.”
—Lawrence Ferlinghetti & City Lights Books, SF Poet Laureate Emeritus
SPUR made the Central Subway Phase 3 one of its top ten priorities for 2013. On April 13, 2013, SPUR convened an invitation-only Fisherman’s Wharf Transportation Meeting—led by Central Subway advocates. From this “community” meeting, SPUR’s conclusion was that the Central Subway was a top priority. Like 2008 EIR meetings, North Beach is noticeably avoided.
WHAT PEOPLE WANT: A world-class citywide Muni system—not a Central Subway that takes away funds from the rest of Muni.