High-ranking local and federal officials toured the Central Subway alignment today.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and high-ranking officials from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today toured the Central Subway project alignment and received an update on project progress.
Leader Pelosi, a longtime supporter of the Central Subway, and Mayor Lee were joined by FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff, FTA Associate Administrator Brian Farber and FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers on a tour that included visits to future station sites and the Central Subway Project office. The tour also included a stop at North Beach’s Washington Square Park, where the subway tunnel will end and the tunnel boring machines will be removed from the ground after tunneling is complete.
Riding on a Muni bus, Central Subway Program Director John Funghi updated Leader Pelosi, Administrator Rogoff and other officials on Central Subway progress.
The project has continued to advance in recent months, with construction underway at several sites along the project alignment and the first station contract out for bid. The second station contract, for the Union Square/Market Street Station, is scheduled to be released for bid this month, and the remaining station contracts are on track for release by summer.
On the federal level, a formal agreement for nearly $1 billion in funding from the FTA’s New Starts program may be forthcoming this spring or summer.
Prominent local officials, including San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board Chairman Tom Nolan, SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin and San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, who also serves as chairman of the board of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, accompanied Pelosi and the FTA representatives as they traveled the project alignment along Stockton Street and 4th Street.