Central Subway

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Obama FY 2011 Budget Includes Transit Funding for the Bay Area

The Obama Administration has released its proposed budget for FY 2011.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s portion of the budget, which accounts for $78.8 billion, mostly perpetuates the status quo approach to transportation spending.  In particular, it includes requests for FHWA ($42.1 billion), FAA ($16.5 billion), FTA ($10.8 billion), the National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance … Continue reading

FTA and TIFIA Funds for AC Transit, Central Subway, and Transbay

This week, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced various grants, including money that will be coming to the Bay Area. One pot of money in the ARRA federal stimulus bill that we have not yet discussed here are the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grants. Not to be confused with the … Continue reading

The Northwest Subway

Washington Square: next stop on the line? Top image courtesy of House of Orion; bottom image courtesy of Streetsblog. There have been two flavors of discussion lately about the Central Subway — one, which exposes the unsurprising revelation that this exercise in burrowing underground is already going over budget; and the other, as at SPUR’s … Continue reading

Board of Supervisors Certifies Central Subway EIR

Let’s not fool ourselves — there was really no chance that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would not certify the Final Supplemental EIR (FEIR/FEIS) for the Central Subway project. Yesterday, the Board did exactly that; the vote was 10-0, with Sandoval absent. The Central Subway, which will extend the T-Third light rail line north … Continue reading

MTA Board Selects Central Subway Alignment

Pro-subway badge typically worn by Chinatown project supporters. The agenda of this afternoon’s MTA Board meeting included the Central Subway project, and, unsurprisingly, the Board voted 6-0 in support of the current locally preferred alternative, Alignment 3B. (See this earlier post for more details about 3B and all the other alignments under consideration.) Alignment 3B … Continue reading

Central Subway: Thinking Outside the (Station) Box

This is the last part of a five post series on the Central Subway project. Click here to navigate the table of contents for these posts. The 30-Stockton and 45-Union/Stockton buses are undeniably crowded, with an especially dense crush load in the mile-long stretch between Market Street and Chinatown. The current situation — in which … Continue reading

Central Subway: Visionary Project or Colossal Boondoggle?

This is Part 4 of a five post series on the Central Subway project. Click here to navigate the table of contents for these posts. In the last few posts, we introduced the Central Subway project and its potential alignments and stations. The MTA is fond of explaining why San Francisco so desperately needs the … Continue reading

Central Subway: Stations

This is Part 3 of a five post series on the Central Subway project. Click here to navigate the table of contents for these posts. The previous post outlined the route for the three Central Subway alignments being studied, with mostly cursory mentions of station locations. The purpose of this post is to flesh out … Continue reading

Central Subway: Alternative Alignments

This is Part 2 of a five post series on the Central Subway project. Click here to navigate the table of contents for these posts. Studies carried out for the past several years gave rise to a few different alignments of the Central Subway. Although the SFMTA now prefers a plan that would tunnel under … Continue reading

Central Subway: An Introduction

This is Part 1 of a five post series on the Central Subway project. Click here to navigate the table of contents for these posts. On April 7, 2007, Muni’s 15-Third Street bus was officially retired and replaced with a new light rail line, the T-Third Street, which features over five miles of new track … Continue reading

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