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02 October 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Now starting: Construction of Central Subway stations, tracks and operating systems

This building in Chinatown will be demolished soon to make way for the Central Subway Chinatown Station. Last month, we started the first construction activities to build the Central Subway’s stations, tracks and operating systems. This work will extend the Muni Metro T Third Line underground to improve public transit in some of San Francisco’s […]

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06 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Mayor Lee, public officials, community members celebrate TBM Mom Chung and upcoming start of tunneling

A tour group visits tunnel boring machine Mom Chung beneath busy 4th Street. Tunnel boring machine Mom Chung is almost assembled and just about ready for launch. This summer, the 350-foot-long, 750-ton tunnel-building behemoth will begin her journey north beneath the streets of San Francisco, constructing the city’s first new subway tunnel in decades. Last […]

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22 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Apple Store entrance to Powell Street Station to close for Central Subway construction

While the Stockton and Ellis entrance is closed, customers may use one of seven other entrances to access the Powell Street Station. Starting Wednesday, April 24, the entrance to the Powell Street Station located at Stockton and Ellis streets will close to accommodate Central Subway construction. The closure of this entrance, also known as the […]

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07 March 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Introducing Big Alma and Mom Chung, the Central Subway’s tunnel boring machines

  Mom Chung, shown here, will construct the tunnel for southbound trains. More photos of both TBMs are available on our Flickr page. (Photo courtesy of The Robbins Company) We are excited to introduce Big Alma and Mom Chung, the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will excavate and construct the Central Subway tunnels. Named Big […]

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15 February 2013 ~ 4 Comments

North Beach update: Planning Commission votes to move TBM retrieval site relocation forward

The Pagoda Palace in North Beach, long considered an eyesore, will be demolished under a plan to relocate the retrieval site for the Central Subway’s tunnel boring machines. For the past two months, SFMTA staff and multiple city agencies have been working to allow the relocation of the retrieval site of the Central Subway’s tunnel […]

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28 December 2012 ~ 12 Comments

Central Subway construction to resume around Union Square on January 2

This construction site has been temporarily restored to traffic during the holiday season. Construction will resume here next week. Next week traffic modifications on Stockton and Ellis streets near Union Square will recommence to accommodate construction of the Central Subway tunnel. Beginning Wednesday, January 2, Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary streets will be closed […]

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19 November 2012 ~ 10 Comments

Construction Update: Central Subway construction during the holiday season

This construction site near Union Square will be restored and reopened to traffic during the holiday season. During the holiday season, construction at some currently active Central Subway construction sites will pause, with roadways and pedestrian walkways restored to regular use. At other sites, construction will continue. This blog post provides a summary of construction […]

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23 October 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Contract news: Contract to construct Central Subway stations, track, operating systems advertised

The image above shows renderings of the four Central Subway stations. Clockwise from the top left: Chinatown Station, Union Square/Market Street Station, 4th and Brannan Station, Yerba Buena/Moscone Station. Additional renderings can be viewed online here. This week a contract to construct the stations, track and operating systems for the Central Subway was advertised. The […]

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12 October 2012 ~ 8 Comments

Major news for San Francisco: Federal funding for the Central Subway Project has been approved

Federal, state and local officials gathered in Union Square yesterday to announce approval of federal funding for the Central Subway Project. Yesterday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and key officials announced that an agreement dedicating $942.2 million in federal funds to the Central Subway Project has been approved. This major funding news finalizes the financing for […]

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20 August 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Stockton and Ellis Street entrance to Powell Street Muni/BART Station to close

This entrance to the Powell Street Station, located next to the Apple Store at Stockton and Ellis streets, will close next Monday. ***UPDATE AUGUST 27: The Apple Store entrance to the Powell Street Station will remain open past August 27. We will provide additional information soon.*** Starting next Monday, August 27, the entrance to the […]

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