By Ken Layne : theawl.com – excerpt
“The Municipal Transportation Agency—and residents’ love-hate relationship with the notoriously late and overcrowded public transit system—has been the bane of many mayors, with current Chronicle columnist and former Mayor Willie Brown once famously saying he would fix Muni in 100 days. That was in 1995.”
—Even though San Francisco has the only real public-transit system of the Western United States, it’s still kind of a mess. It’s also what New Yorkers talk about during the three months they spend shivering in the frozen dark of winter: “Oh but that Muni system, that’s why I could never live in a beautiful coastal city where it never gets cold but ladies can still always wear boots and gentlemen can always wear a suit without being sweaty.” Anyway, surprisingly successful Mayor Ed Lee (he got Twitter and a bunch of other fancy tech firms to move to the former abandoned hobo land of Mid-Market) just announced he’s going to “fix” Muni.