Friday, January 15, 2010

Does MUNI need to do an EIR?

Per Streetsblog

If you take the bus - well SCREW YOU!

The MTA is proposing broad-ranging service cuts to Muni in order to close a $16.9 projected budget gap through the end of the fiscal year. The cuts - far greater in scope than the service changes implemented in December - will reduce frequencies on every Muni line and, if they're approved by the agency's Board, will be coupled with fare increases on services including the F-line, express routes, and cable cars.

But if you drive?

The glaring omission from the proposals was an extension of parking meter hours, something MTA staff presented on last year, and which a staff study said could bring in millions to the agency while improving the city's parking management. "It's not part of the staff recommendation for Tuesday," said MTA spokesperson Judson True.

Now, Rob Anderson's lawsuit against the city and his endless prattering cries about the bike plan causing "signifigant unavoidable delays", which generally add up to a few minutes, and which many proponents dispute (or correctly point out that there are many effects of private automobile traffic that cause worse delays for MUNI).

Isn't a bus that comes with a 5 minute longer headway a "signifigant unavoidable delay"? If people give up on MUNI and drive, isn't that bad for the environment?

1 comment:

Yokota Fritz said...

I think MUNI is normally required to file an EIR when they make significant changes, unless they declare a fiscal emergency (which they have), which is their get out of jail free card.