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Letters: Better, cheaper plans exist for West Portal subway

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West Portal Muni station in San Francisco, seen June 6, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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“S.F. transit agency to vote on $21B wish list,” The City, Aug. 15

Better, cheaper plans exist for Muni’s West Portal subway

From Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez’s article, it sounds as if the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to spend $2.5 billion building a subway under West Portal Avenue (thereby requiring an underground interchange between the L-Line and the two West Portal lines), and then proceeding entirely underground to a subsurface terminal station in the privately-owned Parkmerced development.

There is little in the SFMTA’s plan that makes sense. Last year, a better and vastly cheaper solution to the M-Line problem was devised and developed by SaveMuni. SaveMuni’s plan is summarized on its website. Go to www.savemuni.org and scroll down to: “Muni K & M Line Changes – Rebutting the MTA’s Plan.”

Bob Feinbaum
Chair, SaveMuni

“My love letter to San Francisco,” San Franstartup, Aug. 14

S.F. represents the entire world

I’ve just read Melissa Eisenberg’s column and decided to tell you about my love, too. I came to San Francisco from Crimea in 2000 and fell in love from the first glance: It’s a beautiful, vibrant city with the ocean, palm trees, 225 parks, great museums, restaurants, Davies Symphony Hall, the opera house and so on.

What could be better than living in the U.S. and living in San Francisco. My 17 years went like 17 days, and my love for the City by the Bay hasn’t changed. I am working, have family and enjoy the most beautiful city in the world every day.

This city represents the whole world. Thank you, San Franciscans, for having me.

Georgy Prodorov
San Francisco

“S.F. has nowhere to put collection of 100-year-old antique fire trucks,” On Guard, July 26

Why not a fire engine museum?

An excellent place to showcase all or most of The City’s antique fire trucks is the large, red brick and long-abandoned Muni substation building located at the corner of Fillmore and Turk streets that was built before the earthquake and has laid dormant for almost 40 years. Moreover, the Northern District police station is located directly across from it.

I don’t know how many visitors it would receive every year, but at least that beautiful old building could be put to practical use. All those old fire engines, some going back to the very early days of The City, could now be put on permanent display. I know that I would sure like to pay the place a visit. After all, there is a cable car museum in The City, so why not a fire engine museum?

Morgan Paris
San Francisco

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