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Central Subway Compromise?

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The MTA is reconsidering plans to dig all the way from the Chinatown station at Stockton and Washington streets to Columbus Avenue in North Beach for the Central Subway project. Original plans call for digging all the way into North Beach so that a future tunnel extension could eventually become part of a subway to Fisherman's Wharf. The tunnel boring machines would be removed, causing road closures for around 10 months on Columbus Street near Union. Now the MTA is considering alternatives, like leaving the tunnel boring machines underground or removing them at the long-abandoned Pagoda Theater at Powell Street and Columbus. The MTA board is tentatively scheduled to make a decision at its Dec. 4 meeting. [SF Gate/previously on Curbed SF]