By Calvin Welch, HANC Housing and Land Use Board Member
The March 13th HANC general membership meeting (7:00 at the Park Branch Library) will be devoted to public transit and Mayor Lee’s plan to spend some $10 billion on making transit “improvements” over the next 15 years. Just who is to pay for these improvements and exactly what changes are planned are big questions we hope to begin to address at our meeting. For many in our neighborhood, MUNI has some decidedly odd ideas about what that money should be spent on.
On February 18th well over 120 Haight-Ashburians packed the community room of Park Branch library to let the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) staff know what it thought of the primary “recommendation” it was making to implement what it calls its “Transit Effectiveness Project” (TEP)for MUNI . The TEP is a series of proposals for a systemwide restructuring of MUNI which centers on “stop consolidation” and re-routing (or eliminating) transit lines aimed at “increasing the efficiency” of MUNI.