Buses or parking?

Plans to improve the Muni system are a high priority for the S.F. Board of Supervisors, but these plans may be hard hit by a struggle for more downtown parking. According to today’s Chronicle, the ballot measure hammered out for presentation on the fall ballot is threatened by a controversial addition that would allow the construction of more parking space in the city. Why is public transit so often seen as in conflict with the rights of car owners? A great city needs both good public transit so that people can move effectively around the city and also reasonable allowance for cars that are going to be used by suburbanites and residents to get in and out of town. The issues of transit and parking are two separate issues. Let’s try to see that they aren’t indiscriminately mixed in ballot measures. Our ballots are complicated enough. We deserve well crafted ballot measures so we can make reasonable choices.

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