At first glance you would think the SFMTA's budget is rather generous, but if you drill down deeper you'll find that much of the budget is spent on simply dealing with assholes. SFMTA's plans to improve Muni and help decrease congestion often crash land into a sea of assholes. They spend much of their funds meeting with assholes, trying to meet their incredulous demands to the point of ruining the very transit the assholes never intend on using. Dealing with these assholes who are stuck in the 50s is very costly.
The SFMTA has come up with many innovative and creative approaches to enhancing transit in the area which is immediately halted by assholes. A few examples:
1. Let's build underground tunnels.
Asshole Response: Noo!!! That will cost money you can't do that! You spend too much money!!!
2. Ok... well how about we build a less expensive BRT transit system.
Asshole Response: Noo!!! We'll lose parking, or a traffic lane, and that will hurt merchants!!! Even if most people come by other modes of transit NOOOO!!!
|"Does this look like the face of compromise?" Don't @#$# touch my parking or car lanes!|
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3. Ok Ok, how about we follow our TEP plans that took years to develop, included tons of input from the community, and approval from the Board of Supervisors.
Asshole Response: Noo!!!! Why wasn't I informed about the TEP project?!? Why wasn't my input included? Start from scratch lets do this all over. Don't make transit only lanes and don't you dare remove a parking space to make traffic actually move!
4. Ok how about we just keep doing what we're doing.
Asshole Response: You guys don't do anything! Make Muni better like you're supposed to!!! Make it so we don't have car congestion! You're wasting our money!!!
You can bet that if it's putting a safe bike lane on Polk street, improving pedestrian conditions on Potrero street, or stopping deaths on Masonic Avenue, there's going to be a hefty price to pay dealing with assholes.
|"Say NO to wider sidewalks? Well this is going to cost half of this year's budget."|
Much of the money is divided up between pacifying assholes from ENUF and "Meter Madness" who consistently bitch and complain about any change that could ever possibly happen to Muni. In their last article they griped about the potential of a "smart app" that should have been around 5 years ago. Their response to such endeavors was a resounding "How many ways can you say “Privileged?" And their comments on the problem of cars blocking thousands of pedestrians every day in crosswalks? Well "If SFMTA really cared about clearing intersections they would do a better job of timing traffic signals." Dealing with this kind of bullshit as an expensive undertaking.
|"The SFMTA needs to get us where... we need to go not tell us how to... there?" What does that even mean? Oh Christ this is going to cost us" - SFMTA|
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