April 22, 2018 · San Francisco

In San Francisco, the Central Subway is about to be finished. One source has projected that passengers will be able to ride it by December 2019. However, according to Tutor Perini, a subway contractor, the subway might be opened in 2021.

The Central Subway is 1.7 miles long, and it is a part of MUNI’s T-Third line. The last station of the subway line is currently being erected under Stockton Street in Chinatown. The station is rising to the street as construction is being completed.

Some officials think that the opening of the subway will be delayed due to delayed construction. Construction was delayed because of the fact that certain methods were used in order to keep streets open above ground. Commuters and businesses needed to have the streets and sidewalks reasonably clear.

The workers are currently putting rebar on the floors of the subway and installing waterproofing. The next step is to install the mechanical systems, tracks, electrical systems and station entrances.

By the end of the year, it is expected that subterranean stations at Union Square and Yerba Buena/Moscone Center will be completed.

For those who don’t know, MUNI is a “Bus and Metro” system that runs all throughout San Francisco. The Metro is a light rail system that contains about 71.5 miles of track. There are 7 light rail lines—one of them being a shuttle for peak hours. There are 24 surface stations, 3 tunnels, 87 surface stops and 9 subway stations. On average, 173,500 passengers ride the Metro during each weekday.

The city hopes that these new subway stops will increase foot traffic to local businesses. The construction may have been a monkey wrench in the accessibility of local businesses, though it will all be worth it in the long run once the subway is completed.

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