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23 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update: Wrap, drilling complete; utility relocation continues

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Paving O’Farrell Street.

Since our last construction update, Central Subway contractors have continued to make progress, completing the following work:

  • Drilling operations around Union Square to collect information about the chemical conditions of soil and groundwater
  • Installation of a decorative wrap at 933 to 949 Stockton Street, the future site of the Chinatown Station
  • Installation of a high-pressure water line on Geary Street at Stockton Street
  • Demolition of sidewalk and basement floor on the west side of Stockton Street between O’Farrell and Market streets (see above photo)

Here are some photos of our crews at work around Union Square:

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Installing a joint trench on O’Farrell Street.

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Pouring cement at Geary and Stockton.

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Preparing to pave O’Farrell Street.

In the next three weeks, crews will continue to relocate utility lines around Union Square to prepare the area for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. We expect all utility relocations around Union Square to be completed by June 2012. Construction is scheduled seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although night work may be necessary.

The complete, current three-week construction schedule for Union Square utility relocations is available here (PDF). We also post construction, auto detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Muni Service Impacts:

While utility relocation work is in progress around Union Square, the following Muni routes may experience delays:

  • 8 Shuttle/8X/8AX/8BX Bayshore Express
  • 38/38L Geary

The 30 Stockton and 45 Union/Stockton lines have been rerouted around the Stockton Street construction site, effective Jan. 21.

Traffic Detours:

While the utility relocation work is in progress, only Muni buses, taxis, tour buses and delivery trucks will be permitted on Stockton Street between Post and Market streets.

Two traffic detour options are in place to allow for better access to the Union Square area and to aid the flow of traffic:

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We appreciate your continued patience while construction is in progress.

16 March 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Mayor Lee, local leaders unveil decorative wrap at Chinatown Station site

Mayor Lee Discussing Central Subway

Mayor Lee spoke about the benefits of the Central Subway today at a press conference in Chinatown.

The Central Subway will improve public transportation in San Francisco, create thousands of jobs and enhance the quality of life of residents and visitors alike. That’s what Mayor Edwin M. Lee and other local leaders and community members said at a press conference today at the site of the future Chinatown Station, hailing the Central Subway as an essential and much-needed investment in the city’s infrastructure and economic future.

“Once the Central Subway is built, this new light-rail extension will be an engine for job creation and economic growth in our city, connecting our vital neighborhoods and diverse communities,” said Mayor Lee. “This important investment in our city’s infrastructure will improve transportation options, reduce emissions and enhance the quality of life of residents and visitors.”

Mayor Lee, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors Chairman Tom Nolan, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and others gathered to unveil a decorative vinyl wrap installed at the site of the future Chinatown Station. The wrap, which features renderings of the station design, a mural provided by the Chinese Historical Society of America and artwork by students from the Chinatown YMCA, will protect and enhance the appearance of the now-vacant building at 933 to 949 Stockton Street until it is demolished later this year.

The building has been acquired by the SFMTA, and, with SFMTA assistance, all residential and commercial tenants have successfully relocated.

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933-949 Stockton - Before Wrap Installation
Top: 933-949 Stockton Street with the artistic wrap. Bottom: The building before the wrap was installed.

The station, a subway station to be constructed at the southwest corner of Stockton and Washington streets, will feature an open, contemporary aesthetic that emphasizes transparency and simplicity. Light-colored and reflective surfaces will maximize lighting efficiency and create a bright, welcoming atmosphere even when customers are below ground. Artwork selected through the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program will adorn the station and provide insight into local culture and history.

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These renderings depict the design of the Central Subway Chinatown Station.

The Central Subway Project has achieved major milestones in recent months, and more progress is on the horizon this year:

  • The contract for the Chinatown Station has been advertised. Bids on the estimated $235 million contract are due May 8.
  • Contracts for the other three Central Subway stations are on track for advertisement this spring and summer.
  • Work to prepare the project alignment for the construction of a 1.6-mile tunnel is on track to commence this spring.
  • In his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013, President Obama included a recommendation for $150 million in funding for the Central Subway Project.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, the project received a strong positive rating from the Federal Transit Administration in its annual New Starts review. This indicates that a Full Funding Grant Agreement for nearly $1 billion in New Starts funding may be forthcoming.

To find out more about the Chinatown Station and recent progress on the Central Subway Project, check out this press release (PDF) from Mayor Lee’s office.

02 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Schedule: March 3-23

Photo Collage - Utility Relocation Feb 11-March 2

Utility relocation work around Union Square. Feb. 11 – March 2, 2012.

Crews are continuing to relocate utility lines around Union Square to prepare the project alignment for the Union Square/Market Street Station. We expect all utility relocations around Union Square to be completed by June 2012. The complete, current three-week construction schedule for Union Square utility relocations is available here (PDF). Construction is scheduled seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although night work may be necessary.

Drilling operations are underway around Union Square to collect information about the chemical conditions of soil and groundwater. This work is expected to be completed by mid-March. Parking spaces may be temporarily closed as needed during construction. More information is available on our construction notice.

At 933-949 Stockton Street, the location of the future Chinatown Station, a decorative vinyl wrap will be applied along Stockton and Washington streets to protect the now-vacant building from vandalism and enhance its appearance until it is demolished. Work to install the vinyl wrap, remove signage and secure the building is expected to continue through mid-March. While work is in progress, a temporary walkway (shown below) will be in place to ensure pedestrian safety. For more information, check out our construction notices, which are available in English and Chinese.

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A temporary walkway has been set up on Stockton Street to keep pedestrians safe while the vinyl wrap is being installed.

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This building is located at the site of the future Chinatown Station.

Muni Service Impacts:

While utility-relocation work is in progress around Union Square, the following Muni routes may experience delays:

  • 8 Shuttle/8X/8AX/8BX Bayshore Express
  • 38/38L Geary

The 30 Stockton and 45 Union/Stockton lines have been rerouted around the Stockton Street construction site, effective Jan. 21.

Traffic Detours:

While the utility relocation work is in progress, only Muni buses, taxis, tour buses and delivery trucks will be permitted on Stockton Street between Post and Market streets.

Two traffic detour options are in place to allow for better access to the Union Square area and to aid the flow of traffic:

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We appreciate your continued patience while construction is in progress.

28 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Check It Out: Our Project Google Map

Central Subway Google Map

We’re excited to announce that we have launched a useful online tool to keep you informed about the Central Subway Project: the Central Subway Project Google Map. The map displays a variety of information about the project and its impacts along the project alignment in SoMa, Union Square and Chinatown. Check back frequently for the latest details about:

  • Construction sites and ongoing work
  • Traffic detours around construction sites
  • Muni trolley coach reroutes and new routes
  • The project alignment
  • The future Central Subway stations

Explore the map by clicking on the icons and colored lines. Information boxes will appear with additional details about each object. There’s a lot of information, so we recommend zooming in.

We plan to update the map as the project develops to reflect the latest information about construction, traffic and Muni impacts. You can access the map at any time from our website’s Construction Updates page. An accessible version is available here (PDF).

24 February 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Update: Progress on Chinatown Station Property and Contract

Building at 933-949 Stockton Street

The rendering above (top) depicts the design of the future Chinatown Station. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017. The building currently at this site (bottom) will be demolished to make way for the new station.

We have exciting news about the Chinatown Station property and contract. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has completed acquisition of the building at 933-949 Stockton Street, the site of the future Chinatown Station, and work has begun that will secure the building and enhance its appearance until it is demolished.

A decorative vinyl wrap (shown below) will be applied along Stockton and Washington streets to protect the vacant building from vandalism and enhance its appearance. The wrap will feature renderings of the future Chinatown Station design, a Chinese mural provided by the Chinese Historical Society of America and artwork provided by students from the Chinatown YMCA. The wrap will remain in place until the building is demolished later this year.

Chinatown Building vinyl wrap design

Work to apply the vinyl wrap, remove signage and secure the building began today and is expected to continue through mid-March. While work is in progress, a temporary walkway will be installed to ensure pedestrian safety. You can find more information about this work in our construction notices, which are available in English and Chinese.

During the acquisition process, the SFMTA aided in the relocation of 19 residential households and eight commercial businesses. All of the residential tenants have moved to new residences, including four households that purchased new homes. The eight commercial tenants have been relocated, and six of them have relocated nearby.

The final design of the Chinatown Station has been completed, and the contract for station construction is scheduled to be released for bid by the end of February.

More details can be found in this press release from the SFMTA.

15 February 2012 ~ 1 Comment

President Obama’s budget recommends $150 million for Central Subway

This week, the Central Subway Project has received more promising news from Washington, D.C.:

  • President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013 recommends investing $150 million in the Central Subway Project. The funds would come from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) New Starts program. (See page 30 of the proposed Department of Transportation budget.)
  • For the fifth consecutive year, the FTA’s Annual Report on Funding Recommendations gave the Central Subway Project a rating of medium-high. This is highest rating given this year to projects currently undergoing the New Starts review process.

This exciting news reinforced the federal government’s commitment to investing in this important improvement to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

For more on the continued federal support for the Central Subway Project, check out this press release from the Mayor’s Press Office.

10 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Schedule: Feb. 11-March 2

Crews are continuing to relocate utility lines around Union Square to prepare the project alignment for the Union Square/Market Street Station. We expect all utility relocations around Union Square to be completed by June 2012.

The complete, current three-week construction schedule is available here (PDF).

Work Locations:

  • Stockton Street between Geary and Post streets
  • Geary Street on both sides of Stockton Street
  • O’Farrell Street on both sides of Stockton Street
  • Ellis Street on both sides of Stockton Street
  • Stockton Street between O’Farrell and Market streets

Construction is scheduled seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although night work may be necessary.

Muni Service Impacts:

While utility-relocation work is in progress, the following Muni routes may experience delays:

  • 8 Shuttle/8X/8AX/8BX Bayshore Express
  • 38/38L Geary

The 30 Stockton and 45 Union/Stockton lines have been rerouted around the Stockton Street construction site, effective Jan. 21.

Traffic Detours:

While work is in progress, only Muni buses, taxis, tour buses and delivery trucks will be permitted on Stockton Street between Post and Market streets.

Two traffic detour options are in place to allow for better access to the Union Square area and to aid the flow of traffic:

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We appreciate your continued patience while construction is in progress.

08 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

With key federal approval in hand, Central Subway moves ahead

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has received a letter granting federal approval to proceed with a key component of the Central Subway Project. The approval, a letter of no prejudice issued by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), allows the SFMTA to commence with work that will prepare the 1.7-mile project alignment for tunneling and station construction.

The issuance of the letter of no prejudice is the newest indication that a full commitment of federal funding through the FTA’s New Starts program may be forthcoming.

For more information on the federal approval, including praise for the project from local supporters and information about the work that can now commence, check out this SFMTA press release (PDF).

03 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Mark Your Calendar: Community Advisory Group Meeting Set for Feb. 16

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Join us at our next Central Subway Community Advisory Group meeting on Thursday, February 16. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown (925 Stockton Street, 2nd Floor).

At the meeting, members of the project team will provide general project updates and discuss the design of the Chinatown Station. Our guest speaker, Cathie Lam of the Chinatown Community Development Center, will discuss the Stockton Street Envisioning Plan.

Check out the meeting agenda (PDF) for more details.

We hope to see you there.

30 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Schedule: Jan. 21 to Feb. 10

Crews are continuing to relocate utility lines around Union Square to prepare the project alignment for the Union Square/Market Street Station. We expect all utility relocations around Union Square to be completed by June 2012.

The complete, current three-week construction schedule is available here (PDF).

Work Locations:

  • Stockton Street between Geary and Post streets
  • Geary Street on both sides of Stockton Street
  • O’Farrell Street on both sides of Stockton Street
  • Ellis Street on both sides of Stockton Street
  • Stockton Street between O’Farrell and Market streets

Construction is scheduled seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although night work may be necessary.

Muni Service Impacts:

While utility-relocation work is in progress, the following Muni routes may experience delays:

  • 8X/8AX/8BX Bayshore Express
  • 38/38L Geary

The 30 Stockton and 45 Union/Stockton lines have been rerouted around the utility-relocation sites, effective Jan. 21.

Traffic Detours:

While work is in progress, only Muni buses, taxis, tour buses and delivery trucks will be permitted on Stockton Street between Post and Market streets.

Two traffic detour options are in place to allow for better access to the Union Square area and to aid the flow of traffic:

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We appreciate your continued patience while construction is in progress.