San Francisco’s Central Subway Once Popular, Now Controversial

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A crowd gathered Thursday at San Francisco’s City Hall where the Board of Supervisors held a committee meeting to review a critical Civil Grand Jury report that claims the 1.7-mile Central Subway has design flaws.

People that gathered both supported and opposed the Central Subway Project which has gone from being popular to now becoming the object of controversy.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Grand Juror Bob Perry told the supervisors that the SF Municipal Transit Agency can’t handle the transit service it already has.

“It adds to the operational cost of a system that is already underfunded and provides at best, marginal improvements to the entire system,” he said.

SFMTA chief Ed Reiskin countered and said the Central Subway is the most thoroughly vetted project in the city’s history.

“The questions being raised—while all good questions, had been asked and answered. We’re at a stage in this process where we need to move forward as a city,” Reiskin retorted.

Members of the public also sparred over everything from ridership projections to final cost of the project.

Work on the Central Subway is already underway, but San Francisco still needs almost $1 billion from the federal government to complete the project, which would extend the Third Street Muni Metro light rail system from the Caltrain commuter rail depot at 4th and King streets to Chinatown.

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