Central Subway won’t solve Muni’s problems 

A Friday letter-writer excoriated the decrepit existing Muni service along Stockton Street, noting that during commute hours it ranges from “bad to terrible on most days.”

He’s right. Unfortunately, and contrary to the highly misleading statements of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the Central Subway wouldn’t come even close to solving the problem. On the contrary, according to the agency’s own documents the subway would serve only slightly more than 10 percent of those currently being stuffed into steamy Stockton Street buses.

To resuscitate Muni’s decrepit Stockton Street bus operation, city government needs to improve both the street and the bus service. In other words it should do for Stockton Street what it did in 2009 for Market Street. The early deployment of low-floor buses is a no-brainer.

Gerald Cauthen, Oakland

Annex San Mateo County

I agree with the Wednesday letter “Consider annexing Daly City, South City.” But first, we’d have to repeal the Consolidation Act of 1856 which, in an effort to “help” the city of San Francisco rid itself of corruption, cut off a massive portion of the original San Francisco County and created San Mateo County.

Years ago, there was an effort to consolidate San Francisco with Oakland as New York City did with Brooklyn, but Oakland didn’t like the idea much. So let’s start with San Mateo County and see where it goes from there.

Mike Zonta, San Francisco

Stand up to bicyclists

The Bicycle Coalition seems to believe that the best streets for bicycles are busy thoroughfares where cars are driving 35 mph. Then they complain cars are going too fast and demand that they give up a lane and drive 15-20 mph. Examples include Masonic Avenue and now Oak Street.

How about some common sense? Let’s put bike lanes on streets that aren’t major car arteries. How about Lyon Street or Central Avenue instead of Masonic — and Page Street instead of Oak?

If the Bicycle Coalition really wants safe room for bicycles, it would agree in a minute. But if its real goal is to shut down car traffic for the 80 percent of San Francisco families who have cars, it will continue to insist that major traffic roads like Masonic, Oak, Bush, Pine, Market and Mission be made bicycle-only.

Its agenda is clear. Where are the drivers to stand up to them?

Cary Fulbright, San Francisco

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