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San Francisco MTA notes progress, upcoming milestones for Central Subway project


Last week, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and local officials unveiled a decorative vinyl wrap that was installed at the future site of the Central Subway’s Chinatown Station, an event that served as an opportunity to highlight progress on the Central Subway project.

Bids for station construction are due May 8 and a groundbreaking will be held later this year. Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2017, SFMTA officials said. The station was designed by the Central Subway Design Group, a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff, Michael Willis Architects and Kwan Henmi Architects.

Several other project milestones are anticipated in 2012, as well. Later this year, SFMTA expects to learn whether it will receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration; workers will begin preparing the alignment for construction of a 1.6-mile tunnel; and contracts for three other Central Subway stations are scheduled to go out for bid.

The Central Subway project calls for extending the T Third Line from the 4th Street Caltrain Station to Chinadown, providing a direct link from the Bayshore and Mission Bay areas to the South of Market and downtown areas. The project is the second phase of SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Transit Project. The first segment of the T Third Line opened in April 2007. The Central Subway is scheduled to open in 2019.

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