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SFMTA to review budget of delayed Central Subway project
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) last week announced it would review the budget and schedule of the Central Subway project, which calls for extending the Muni Metro mostly underground from South of Market to Chinatown in San Francisco.
The $1.6 billion project, which was originally scheduled to enter revenue service in 2019, is expected to be delayed, SFMTA officials said in a press release.
Nadeem Tahir, the Central Subway program’s new director, will conduct the review, which will evaluate how the delay will affect the budget, as well as what will be required to complete the project, officials said.
Tahir, who joined the agency July 15, has 35 years of experience in planning, designing and managing the construction of transit-rail projects. He previously served as program management director for the Federal Transit Administration in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
SFMTA is working with construction partners Tutor Perini to complete ground work by year's end. Construction of the Chinatown Station's rooftop plaza is expected to continue into 2020, they said.
Once construction is completed, SFMTA will begin testing to ensure that the tracks and other systems are fully integrated with the Muni system and ready for service.
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