Posted by: leothegeo | 2013/11/13

The Central Subway Project (San Francisco)

The Central Subway is a 2.7 km extension of Muni’s T Third Line.

Four stations will be built:

– 4th and Brannan Station at 4th and Brannan streets (street level)
– Yerba Buena/Moscone Station at 4th and Folsom streets (underground)
– Union Square/Market Street Station on Stockton Street at Union Square (underground)
– Chinatown Station at Stockton and Washington streets (underground)

Construction of the tunnel and stations began this year, in 2013 and will be completed by 2017. It’s estimated that the Central Subway will open to the public in 2019. The neighbourhoods where the extension will traverse, are one the most densely populated in the country.

Benefits:

– It will serve a low car-ownership population
– Reduce noise and air pollution
– Relieve crowding by increasing transit capacity
– Increase mobility and shorten travel time which in the end will improve people’s quality of life
– Ameliorate connections to BART, Caltrain, Muni and future high-speed rail
– Better connect the local community

Costs:

– Phase 1: $648 million
– Phase 2: $1.6 billion (budgeted)

The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) New Starts programme will provide the majority of the funding.

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