Even as we speak, massive tunnel boring machines are rumbling beneath our feet in a dystopian future straight from the original Schwarzenegger "Total Recall." Wait, no, that went off track somewhere. The tunnel boring machines are actually down there, but they're digging a tunnel from SOMA to Chinatown to make the new Central Subway. And like virtually everything else San Francisco city government is involved in, they're fucking it up.
BEHOLD OUR GLORIOUS NEW FUCKUP:
OK, we've got stations at 4th and Brannan, 4th and Folsom, Market Street, and Chinatown. And that's it. Oh, the machines will keep on tunneling, for sure, and emerge from the ground in North Beach, but you better sit down because you will not believe this shit. At the spot where they come out of the ground, in North Beach, a densely populated neighborhood with no Muni Metro service? NO STATION. Just a hole in the ground.
Fuck, I would happily trudge down into a dirt hole to get the train if I lived in North Beach. Forget the station, just leave the fucking hole open and lay some tracks out there and we'll make do.
Seriously, another SF decision that makes no fucking sense. Luckily, someone's trying to do something about it:
Godspeed, NexTstop. I hope to God someone listens to you. Because it really really does not make sense to dig a tunnel all the way to Washington Square and then just say "Fuck it" and walk away. This is stupid even by San Francisco standards, and that's really saying something.
But hey, maybe the Board of Supervisors can get that damn soda tax passed instead. Priorities!
PROGRAMMING NOTE: We are off to the subcivilized hellscape known as "Arizona" tomorrow to see Moms. This may occasion a disruption in blogging services, especially if I hang myself in the hotel bathroom.