As someone who has recently moved to this city, I am writing you out of concern. The public transportation I was promised upon arrival is broken. This is a bold statement, when millions of dollars are invested in it. Yet I have an offer for you.
Please come ride the N with me for a few days.
We will be late to our meetings, yes, but we will be late together. We will be frustrated as the train we are on is taken out of service half way to our destination, the final Giants home game of the season. Yet we will have company in this as well, said game being a popular public event scheduled long in advance.
We may watch as the train passes us at the station, empty and headed where we have promised to be, without stopping, despite NextBus’ assurances, but we will have our cell phones, and be able to explain to our colleagues, clients, friends, and, in your case, constituents that it is not our fault, that the Muni is again unreliable.
And they will understand, because they warned us about the N, and because they too live in San Francisco.