San Francisco is a dense city. It makes sense to have light rail. I live in the Sunset district; if there was a direct rail line to Chinatown and North Beach, I would hang out and spend money there more often. The author makes it seem like digging a tunnel to North Beach is some sort of nefarious secret plan that the MTA wants to foist on everyone. I think a subway that stops at Portsmouth Square is a joke, but a subway that goes all the way to Fisherman's Wharf makes a lot of sense. What is the real problem here? Telegraph Hill dwellers that want everything to stay the way they think it has always been? Do they actually enjoy riding the 30-Stockton or do they drive everywhere?