PLEASE sign this petition to keep public transit actually accessible to Bayview/Hunter’s Point residents, and please support POWER’s awesome work. This is a seriously fucking important racial and economic justice issue, and it deeply impacts one of the very few predominantly Black neighborhoods left in San Francisco.
On a personal note: I grew up not too far from the Bayview/HP, in the Ingleside/Lakeview (which is a working-class and majority people of color neighborhood). I grew up taking the K-Line, which is now linked to the T-Line (you’ll often see “K/T trains” at MUNI stations). I also took the (now retired) 15 - Third Street bus quite a lot as a teenager. I vividly remember how pissed off me and my friends who grew up in working-class and majority people of color SF neighborhoods (esp. folks from the Bayview/Hunter’s Point, Visitacion Valley, the Excelsior, and the Ingleside/Lakeview) were when the MTA cut the 15 - Third Street line and replaced it with the T back in 2006. This was also around the same time that the MTA re-routed and cut services on the various 9 - San Bruno lines, which also served many of the aforementioned neighborhoods.
Call me paranoid, but: I have honestly always believed that the creation of the T-Line was not about “improving” public transportation in the neighborhoods it serves, but was about making those neighborhoods inhospitable to life-long residents. It is obvious to anyone who follows these issues that these transit changes have contributed to pushing people of color and working-class people out of this city, and making way for (rich, white) gentrifiers with cars who don’t actually rely on public transit in the day-to-day.
Aurelia Price says it best in her very eloquent letter:
"When the MTA replaced the 15 Third Street bus with the T train in 2006, the City praised the new train & talked about how much better transportation was going to be for this neighborhood. The truth is the train is serving long-term city planning needs, ***but not the Bayview families and residents living here now.*** The issue is respect. If you talk to anyone in Bayview–-everyone would want the 15 Third Street bus back… I joined POWER to fight for public transit that is affordable, consistent and serving the needs of the communities who depend on transit the most. Demand your respect & take action today against transit racism. After you sign, please share the petition with your friends and networks.”