Muni Fail

Federal scrutiny could threaten funding for the Central Subway boondoggle.

"They've done something that's actually a miracle," he said. "When have I ever seen a bureaucrat put the brakes on a highly juiced project? The BART–Oakland Airport link, and the Central Subway, and BART to San Jose — these are juiced projects. They're all about politics. They have nothing to do with transportation."

So what was that big ground-breaking celebration all about if federal funding is still a long way down the track? It turns out the feds approved city plans to move public utility conduits and other infrastructure in preparation for the possibility of the project.

A call to Rogers was referred to an FTA spokesman in Washington, who hadn't responded to our spoken and written queries by press time.

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