Troubled SF Central Subway has a new problem: The boss quit

By Matier & Ross : sfchronicle – excerpt

I don’t even need to read the article to appreciate the title. Incompetence rises to the top would be one choice for the subhead. You know you are living in a parallel universe when you see these kind of stories unfold constantly in the news. This one looks like fake news if I ever saw it. But, it is probably true. Maye it is time to promote the SFMTA Director out of office next. That would make sense after this.

San Francisco’s $1.6 billion Central Subway project, already a year behind schedule, is facing a new challenge.

John Funghi, the Municipal Transportation Agency engineer who has overseen the big dig for 11 years, has been recruited to honcho Caltrain’s $1.9 billion conversion of its rail service from diesel to electric trains. He starts in February.

As for Funghi’s replacement?

“We will be posting the job,” said transportation agency spokesman Paul Rose, though he could not offer a timeline for it to be filled..

“It’s a bittersweet decision to leave,” said Funghi, who told us he will help out with the transition. “But it was just too good an opportunity to pass up building the spine to get commuter rail into downtown San Francisco.”… (more)

And it gets him out of having to figure out how to get out of the hole he is in now.


Leader of year-long delayed Central Subway project departs for Caltrain

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

…“It’s never a good time to leave a project,” he said, “but if there was a good time, this would be it.”

Funghi served the SFMTA for 18 years and is also a San Francisco native, according to an internal email sent by SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin to SFMTA staff. “While we are losing a tremendous asset, Caltrain is inheriting a strong leader who understands the importance of world-class transportation for all,” Reiskin wrote… (more)