Another anti-car "activist" appointed to MTA board
Mayor Lee has appointed Joel Ramos, an anti-car bike guy, to the MTA board, where he will join anti-car activist Cheryl Brinkman, who was appointed by Mayor Newsom. Ramos is from Transform, a "smart growth," "dense development" group. From today's Chronicle story:
The high-profile agency oversees Muni and San Francisco's parking, traffic control and taxi operations. And the seven-member governing board has a lot of work in front of it: directing management in contract negotiations with Muni operators, securing an agreement with the federal government to fund the Central Subway project and deciding whether to keep the agency's executive director, Nathaniel Ford..."He will bring his experience and passion for transportation issues to the board, and as a regular transit rider and daily bicyclist, Joel will bring a valuable perspective to the SFMTA board," Lee said Wednesday.
Yes, of course the city wants the feds to put up most of the money for the Central Subway, but let's not forget that San Francisco, a city with a chronically under-funded transit system, is also chipping in $300 million for that political deal disguised as a transportation project. A prog lemming like Ramos would never oppose the Central Subway. We already know that, like all good progressives, he supports the high-speed rail boondoggle. He also supported the discredited Berkeley BRT proposal.