Traffic relief or $1.9-billion pockmark? Only time will tell what the San Francisco Central Subway, now taking shape under SoMa and Chinatown, will become once it opens in 2019. Or 2021. Or whenever.
San Francisco’s 1.7-mile extension of the T-Third Street line has hit a few snags along the way. Take, for example, the recent departure of the head honcho: John Funghi, the Municipal Transportation Agency engineer who has overseen the project for 11 years, quit to work for Caltrain late last year.
And while the city claims the underground line will be ready by December 2019, the subway’s main contractor, Tutor Perini Corporation, told the Board of Supervisors it won’t be done until much later. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the line won’t be ready for passenger service until spring 2021—nearly 2½ years after the original target date.”
Brouhaha and snafus aside, the images of Central Subway construction are a feast for the eyes. Here are the most recent photos from underground.
- The Central Subway: San Francisco’s new line to Chinatown [Curbed SF]
- Central Subway photos: May 2017 [Curbed SF]
- Central Subway photos: January 2017 [Curbed SF]
- Central Subway photos: February 2017 [Curbed SF]
- Central Subway Project [site]
- Troubled SF Central Subway has a new problem: The boss quit [SF Chroncile]