Pelosi, Lee tout Central Subway as model economic development project

By sfexaminer – excerpt

The yearslong creation of the Central Subway is a prime example of how large infrastructure projects in cities can boost the economy, create local jobs and increase commerce in the U.S., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.

Amid the roar of construction of Muni’s future Yerba Buena-Moscone station, Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Transportation Director Ed Reiskin touted The City as a key pillar of the Middle Class Jumpstart agenda launched by House Democrats last month to ensure “good-paying jobs” for workers nationwide… (more)

If incumbent Democrats claim that controversial projects like the Central Subway are a good way to generate jobs around the country they are in trouble.

They will have a hard time convincing transit riders faced with higher fees and cutbacks in Muni services and maintenance.

Forget counting on any further support from California motorists who are being gouged by higher fines, fees and an increase in the state gas tax, (unless a bill now running in Sacramento passes in time to save them).

Everyone who is trying to get anywhere on the jammed streets in San Francisco, LA, and elsewhere in California cities where local authorities have implemented restricted parking and traffic policies before establishing workable alternative transit systems.

The major benefactors of these projects are the land owners along the transit corridors who have all their building height limits lifted and the banks and bond holders.

And some of the young, fit, cyclists who demand more bike lanes but refuse to stay in the ones they have.

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