Though the Super Bowl itself is to last mere hours and be held in Santa Clara, San Francisco's Super Bowl City will naturally run for much longer than, directly affecting us all from January 30 to February 7th. During that period, Muni service — a dozen lines of it — near the Market Street/Embarcadero festivities hub will be rerouted, and the Examiner speculates that the cost incurred might be left to the San Francisco taxpayer.
Supervisor Jane Kim says she's willing to fight on that matter: “Not a single penny of taxpayer money should be used," she tells the paper. And so far, she and others have been successful in keeping Muni wires up during the timeframe — a hotly contested item that would have had lingering effects.
But nonetheless, the following exchange at a recent meeting is somewhat worrisome.
Says SFMTA Board Director Cheryl Brinkman of the disruptions: “I assume this will be revenue neutral to our agency? Or we’ll see an increase in the general fund from tax dollars?”
Responds SFMTA’s director of transit Ed Reiskin: “I don’t know that we know that... Certainly costs will occur with extra service, such as subway service. Certainly the economy will get a bump. When The City’s economy does well that flows into our budget.”
If all this Muni disaster scenario business has you thinking of driving to the village, the Chronicle is here to say "not so fast." Write Messrs. Matier and Ross: "If anything, given the planned street closures and security, there will be less parking than what’s available now, which isn’t much." Even driving to BART stops and parking there to BART in to the city won't be easy. "We are using every space available,” BART spokesman Jim Allison said. “People can always go online and reserve a space for the day... And I would advise, the sooner you do it, the better.”