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San Francisco MTA opens T Third subway line

An SFMTA "ambassador" helps riders navigate transfers on the new Central Subway system.
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Jan. 7 launched its new T Third subway line between the 4th & King Station in Sunnydale and Chinatown-Rose Pak Station, California.

The line provides a direct connection to the new Central Subway system, which includes four new stations — three underground and one above ground. Service on the route runs every 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the day, SFMTA officials said in a press release.

The new subway system links Chinatown to other local neighborhoods, Axios San Francisco reported. The community has been disconnected from downtown since the 1989 San Francisco earthquake led to the closure of the Embarcadero Freeway.

The Central Subway project cost about $2 billion, with half funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Axios reported.