Posts Tagged ‘Big Dig West’

Are the New “Wrapped” MUNI Metro Streetcars “Fugly” or Not – You Make The Call on Dell’s Giant Blue Ad

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Internationally-famous San Francisco union agitator and all-around Apple expert Cory Moll does not approve of the “wrap job” on this L Taraval.


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Do you?

You might not like these huge rolling billboards, but please remember that the more money SFMTA makes from advertising, the more it can waste on the corrupt Central Subway (Big Dig West) project in Chinatown and SoMA.

Gaia Bless These Hysterical Anti Central Subway NIMBYs from – Let’s Hope They Win

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Check out Katie Worth’s bit on yesterday’s presser from the SaveMUNI.

Can stereotypical NIMBY tactics save us and Federal taxpayers from the potentially disastrous Central Subway?

We’ll see….

Is this project Too Big To Fail Already?

Will this become our Big Dig, our Bridge to Nowhere?

Back last year at the premature groundbreaking:

via anglisa


Date: Monday, March 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: St Francis of Assisi Church, 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco
On Monday March 28, will bring out the little known facts that MTA officials have hidden from the public about the Central Subway. Speakers will direct probing questions to Mayor Ed Lee about the effects the proposed Central Subway will have on Muni operations and finances. Recent MTA financial reports show that Muni will rack up operating and maintenance deficits of $1.6 billion over the next 20 years. questions how the Mayor plans to cover these deficits and handle the inevitable cost overruns from the Central Subway. will press the Mayor to justify spending $1.58 billion on a subway that will attract only 5,000 new riders a day (an increase above current Muni ridership of just .07%) as Muni faces large and growing safety, security, operating, maintenance and capital needs. Instead of addressing these issues, the MTA has embraced a costly subway that offers few benefits to Muni riders.
A distinguished group of speakers will address Muni’s problems, clarify Muni’s critical financial situation, and lay out a strong case against the Central Subway.
Presenters invited:
San Francisco architect Howard Wong

Financial expert Tom Rubin, CPA
BART Director Tom Radulovich

President, Coalition for S.F. Neighborhoods, Judy Berkowitz

President of TRANSDEF, David Schonbrunn

The Press Conference will be moderated by public policy consultant,Bob Feinbaum. is a two year old group of transit activists, environmentalists, and neighborhood leaders working for better Muni service to Chinatown and throughout San Francisco. Our White Paper entitled, “Improving Muni Service in Chinatown,” laid out a strategy for providing better transit service to Chinatown at far less cost than the Central Subway boondoggle.
The White Paper and other information is available at:



Here Comes Big Dig West – Groundbreaking for the Central Subway Begins

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Today’s groundbreaking for our new subway was quite the affair. The Central T will open for business sometime in 20xx – that’s pretty much an inevitability now.

Of course back in the day, we had naysayers. But they’ve given up. After all:  

‘This is not going to become the Big Dig.”

All right, I’ll bite. This is not going to become the Big Dig because….? Because why? That remains unstated, unarticulated.

The scene this morning, under a SoMA freeway:

via anglisa

So, yes, of course Boston’s disastrous Central Artery/Tunnel Project isn’t San Francisco’s Central Subway Project. But will there be massive overruns? Sure, I mean they’re pretty much baked into the cake, right? Interested parties would love to see cost overruns – that’s the primary reason why these things happen.

Will San Francisco be better off with this subway than without? Probably.

Will San Franciscans use it? Sure.

All right, thanks for our new subway, America. We’ll get more use out of it than people up north got out of the Everitt Memorial Highway. (Your federal tax dollars paid for that one too. Oh well.) 

Let’s Hope It All Works Out.

All the deets, after the jump