Service on the new extension of SFMTA’s third T line will begin in November

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Carolina Worrel, editor-in-chief

Starting November 19, the Central Metro will open with a dedicated shuttle service on weekends. (SFMTA via Twitter)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) on September 20 announced that, starting November 19, a soft launch of the Central Subway Project, an extension of the Third Line T, will open with a dedicated shuttle service on weekends between 4 and Brannan From the station to Chinatown / Rose Park Station, stopping en route at Yerba Buena and Union Square, where passengers can make transfers to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service and the Market Street subway.

According to SFMTA, the specific shuttle service on this weekend to the central subway will be free in November and December. “This phased rollout will allow for further operator training on the brand new system, allowing the public to experience the system in service,” says the agency. In January 2023, SFMTA will switch to daily service, in time for the Lunar New Year celebrations, connecting directly to the rest of the Third T Line, offering motorcyclists a direct link between Chinatown and Visitacion Valley and between Bayview and Union Square.

According to SFMTA, the Central Subway Project “will improve public transportation in San Francisco by extending the third Muni T subway line through SoMa, Union Square and Chinatown.” By providing a direct and rapid transit link between downtown and the existing T Third Line route on 3rd Street, the Central Subway “will greatly improve transportation to and from some of the denser neighborhoods west of Hudson, connecting communities with opportunities. economic and cultural activities reducing the travel time to Mission Bay by 20 minutes, “says the agency.

Third Line T trains will travel primarily by subway from 4th Street Caltrain Station in Chinatown, bypassing the busy traffic on congested 4th and Stockton Streets. The project also oversees the completion of four new public stations: 4th and Brannan, Yerba Buena / Moscone, Union Square / Market Street and Chinatown / Rose Park.

4th and Brannan Station at 4th and Brannan Street (street level)

The Central Subway Project, says SFMTA, is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) New Starts program ($ 984.4 million), the State of California, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA; 215 million dollars) and the City and County of San Francisco. An additional $ 41 million in federal funding is earmarked for the project as part of the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, which “supports environmental efforts for surface transportation and related projects. “.

Yerba Buena / Moscone station on 4th and Folsom street (subway)

To celebrate the roll-out, SFMTA will host community station activations in October and early November at Brannan, Yerba Buena / Moscone, Union Square / Market Street and Chinatown / Rose Park stations. Community celebrations are by invitation only and a “Thank You” to all the neighbors SFMTA has partnered with since the start of the project, the agency says.

Union Square / Market Street Station on Stockton Street in Union Square (subway)

“The November opening represents a kept promise to the Chinatown community to provide better local and regional transit links,” said Rafael Mandelman, SFCTA President and District 8 Supervisor. “SFCTA was delighted to support the project with 215 millions of dollars from various sources, including the half-cent sales tax program. We hope to renew the half-cent sales tax program with the approval of measure L this November so that we can finance the next generation of city transformation projects. ”

“I am thrilled to announce the Central Metro opening program. We will finally be able to experience the vision of thriving and connected neighborhoods, from Chinatown to SoMa, to Bayview and Visitacion Valley, that the people who first conceived the Central Subway imagined, “said Jeffrey Tumlin, Director of Transportation SFMTA.” I know this announcement. has come a long time and I want to thank the community members and neighborhood businesses that have endured too many years of construction. I hope the opening of the central subway will help restart the economic recovery of our city center and its neighborhoods unique “.

Chinatown / Rose Park Station on Stockton and Washington Street (subway)

“The November 19th opening is the culmination of 25 years of grassroots advocacy. From the Chinese Chamber and Rose Pak to Chinatown TRIP and Community Tenants Association, this project means more than just a subway line to Chinatown. Central Subway is an investment in transit stock, ”said Malcolm Yeung, executive director of the Chinatown Community Development Center.

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