SFCTA Committee Discussion on Central Subway Extension Study

SFCTA Plans and Programs Committee Agenda

Item of Note:

9. T-Third Phase 3 Concept Study – INFORMATION* attachment  enclosure

Earlier this year, the Transportation Authority funded the T-Third Phase 3 Concept Study to assess the feasibility of extending the Central Subway rail service to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. The Central Subway Light Rail line, also known as the T-Third Phase 2, will be completed in 2018, providing rail service as far north as Washington Street in Chinatown. At the request of Commissioner Chiu and community members interested in the possibility of preserving corridor rights-of-way for a potential extension project, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA), Transportation Authority, and Planning Department recently conducted the Concept Study to evaluate continuing rail service further north to Fisherman’s Wharf. This high-level technical feasibility study evaluated the potential benefits, costs and constructability of alternative alignments in three sample corridors. The study finds that several concepts are technically feasible, and most score in the highest category of the Federal Transit Administration’s cost effectiveness measures. All-underground concepts have the greatest benefits and remain cost effective despite higher costs. The study does not recommend a specific alternative or next steps, but is intended to inform several upcoming planning efforts (e.g. SFMTA’s Rail Capacity Study and the San Francisco Transportation Plan update) which will consider this project’s local and regional priority. This is an information item.


Extending the Central Subway: Why Stop at Fisherman’s Wharf?

The nascent prospect of extending the Central Subway beyond Chinatown gained steam this week with the release of a preliminary city study [PDF] that lays out some conceptual proposals to bring the subway further into the city’s northern neighborhoods. North Beach neighbors, who are living with construction disruption as the tunnel’s drill is extracted in their backyards, […]

Muni Monday: The Future of the Central Subway

Central Subway Chinatown station. Graphic: SFMTA Now that the Central Subway has received its Record Of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Transit Administration, advocates are pressing the MTA to start planning for the subway’s extension into North Beach and beyond. The Central Subway is considered phase two of the T-Third Muni Metro line, extending that […]

Calls for North Beach Central Subway Station Intensify as Plans Evolve

Central Subway planners got the green light from the SF Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors today to pursue a new plan that could cut down on the expected construction disruption in North Beach while also keeping the path clear for an eventual extension of the line to the neighborhood. Residents and merchants in North Beach, who were fiercely […]

SFCTA 19th Avenue Transit Study Community Meeting

From SFCTA: The 19th Avenue Transit Study builds on recent planning efforts to develop improvement concepts for a west-side, grade-separated (ie. partial subway, tunnel, or bridge crossings of 19th Avenue) alignment of the M-Ocean View light rail as it traverses 19th Avenue between St. Francis Circle and Broad at Orizaba. The purpose of the Study is to determine the feasibility, benefits, […]

Central Subway Gets Approval to Enter Final Design Phase

The proposed Union Square Station. Image courtesy SFMTA. The MTA received approval from the Federal Transit Administration on Thursday to enter into Final Design for the Central Subway project. In a letter (PDF) that also echoed concerns from some local transit advocates about the project, the FTA officially approved the MTA’s request to move into […]