San Francisco wants you to buy them a new subway. Not the people who live there, mind you…
“Measuring only cost and how fast a project can move the most people the greatest distance simply misses the boat,” Mr. LaHood wrote in January 2010 on his Fast Lane blog. “Look, everywhere I go, people tell me they want better transportation in their communities. They want the opportunity to leave their cars behind . . . And to enjoy clean, green neighborhoods. The old way of doing things just doesn’t value what people want.”
…The FTA has given the Chinatown subway one of its highest project ratings, which virtually assures a full funding grant agreement. …means that any project can get federal funding as long as its sponsors claim they’re moving cars off the road.
Cost-effectiveness and Efficiency = Old And Un-Kewl
Cars Off The Road [even where there *are* no cars on the road. or roads] = Teh Point
Former Mayor Willie Brown sold a half-cent sales tax hike to voters in 2003 to pay for the 1.7-mile line on the pretext that the subway would ease congestion on Chinatown’s crowded buses, but he was more interested in obtaining the political support of Chinatown’s power brokers. In 2003, the city estimated the line would cost $647 million, but the latest prediction is $1.6 billion, or nearly $100 million for each tenth of a mile. [for a mile of subway and a half mile of surface line]
OR spend $1m on a few new busses?
The subway misses connections with 25 of the 30 light-rail and bus lines that it crosses, and there’s no direct connection to the 104-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit line or to the ferry.
Commuters will have to travel eight stories underground [in prime earthquake country -- on landfill] to catch the train and walk nearly a quarter of a mile to connect to the Market Street light-rail lines—after riding the subway for only a half mile. …taking the bus would be five to 10 minutes faster along every segment.
But thee bus might be croooowded!!
…the subway’s costs “could stretch the existing maintenance environment [of the metro system] to the breaking point” …
So not only does it not hook up with existing mass transit systems [including the CA Half-Fast Train bwaaahahahahaha], increase travel times and make people go 95 feet underground to do so; it will break the local transport system’s budget and force taxpayers all over the nation to go even further into debt to pay for the privilege of screwing San FranFreakshow…
almost worth it.
[The Wall Street Journal:] The subway is a case study in government incompetence and wasted taxpayer money.
aaaaaaaaand here’s your key:
*Central Subway Fact Sheet: English PDF, Chinese PDF
[see? No "Spanish PDF"]
[that's raaaacist, yanno]