From commenter Alex Zepeda, regarding his thoughts on Saturday’s MTA “town hall” meeting:

These meetings are entirely for show…The primary purpose of this meeting is to explain that the state has been stealing money from the MTA.

If you look a bit further, it’s not hard to see additional evidence of what a farce this was. No Nat Ford, no mayor, no supervisors….

I’m a firm believer that any agency who would consider cutting 50% of the service to an isolated locale like Treasure Island is clearly not engaging its constituents very well (this is the biggest non-OWL cut in the system).

Public expectations for these folks working at the MTA are also a bit high. The MTA prattled on a bit about reconsidering cuts to the 108, and perhaps mitigating the cuts with bendy buses… not even mulling over the fact that infrequent service is as bad as overcrowding. Prattling on about what a great capital investment the Central Subway
is misses the point completely.

Instead, the MTA should take the money that’s being spent on printing up colorful packets, on junkets in SOMA, staffing these after hours town hall meetings, staffing an information-less twitter account, and sink it into maintaining service levels.

Readers, agree or disagree?

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