Funds For Central Subway Extension Study Recommended

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The San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s Plans and Programs Committee has just recommended that $173,212 in Prop K funds be allocated to a high-level feasibility study for a northern extension of the Central Subway from its current planned terminus in Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf, an extension which is being championed by SF NexTstop.

San Francisco’s Transportation Authority Board will decided whether or not to approve the recommended allocation and feasibility study next week. The Authority Board consists of the eleven members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors sitting as commissioners… (more)

Let you Supervisors know what you think about these ideas:



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).
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.

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.

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.


TEP (Transportation Effectiveness Project) Who Benefits

Hi Mari and Everyone:

SFMTA is rushing TEP community meetings to push MTA Board, Board of Supervisors and Mayor approvals—for the $500 million Bond Measure on the November 2014 Ballot.  The Bonds will include funding to implement the TEP.


MTA Board Meetings on TEP are March 14, 9am and March 28, 8am.
Though public comments at community meetings and written comments are good, personal stories at the MTA Board Meetings are critical—especially if the District Supervisor stands with his community’s concerns.

The best protest model has been protectors of the 3-Jackson Bus, who have spoken at community meetings with support of their Supervisor, Mark Farrell.

Generally, SaveMuni does not find the TEP to be a citywide integrated transit plan – eliminating neighborhood connectivity and damaging future transit drawing-power.  SaveMuni’s response letter to the Mayor’s Transportation Task Force’s funding recommendations has touched on these concerns.  We’ll likely start a wider campaign after our initial meetings with Supervisors.’s March 17 regular meeting should focus on the TEP – inviting everyone who has concerns – although mobilization is needed now.

Regards, Howard