Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
Muni officials diverted buses from San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods and elsewhere to buttress bus service to Chase Center arena Tuesday night, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.
The diversion of Bayview buses in particular — which serve 33,000 daily riders — drew a sharp rebuke from Supervisor Shamann Walton, who represents the neighborhood. He called the move “racist” against a historically black community and one with many Asian Pacific Islander residents.
“This is unacceptable, institutionally racist and we need to identify solutions that will not impact our residents’ commute home,” Walton told the Examiner in a statement. Referring to the supervisoral districts encompassing San Francisco’s east and southeast neighborhoods, Walton added, “residents in D9, D10 and D11 will be heavily impacted by this evening commute decision.”… (more)
SFMTA told us they were diverting Muni to fulfill the promise of “free Muni service” for all Chase Center ticket holders. This is what you voted for right? More sports arenas to bring in the crowds and more jobs and a dense living environment and less public service for the citizens.
When there is a plan to divert the buses, from SF neighborhoods, SFMTA cannot claim hey have a robust transit system in the neighborhoods where Muni services are cut on a regular basis. SF cannot base expansion plans on that basis. The question for voters is, how much more Muni money are you willing to cough up for more Red Lanes and less service?