City should keep bus line

By sfexaminer – excerpt

“S.F. General faces parking crisis,” The City, Feb. 18, City should keep bus line – On the subject of transit access to San Francisco General Hospital and the shortages it is facing, your reporter stated: “Efforts will also be made to expand bicycle and public-transit access.”

May I bring to your attention the fact that in the last few weeks, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in public meetings has announced its intention to eliminate direct service on the 33-Stanyan bus line from the Richmond and Mission to General Hospital, a proposal residents overwhelmingly oppose.

The 33 is a crucial bus line, a vital link between the west and eastsides of town. It must not be dismantled so that poorly trained bureaucrats can justify wasting precious taxpayer dollars.

Clearly this does not indicate any expansion of public transit to General Hospital, but the opposite, and more reason to believe that the SFMTA is a grossly mismanaged agency that badly needs overhauling and a clean sweep of its corrupt board of directors.

Is the SFMTA telling The San Francisco Examiner one thing and the public the opposite?

– Nick Pasquariello, San Francisco

As I walked back from the BART station after attending the MTA Board meeting I watched a couple of buses pass by. The 55 had maybe 10 people in it. It was followed closely by the 33 line. That no had a few more people but was by no means full. Comparing that the the BART with standing room only at around 5 PM, I wonder why the rush hour buses are so much less crowded than BART.

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