San Francisco’s New Central Subway
There has been loads of construction in SoMa and Mission Bay for the new Central Subway that will connect Caltrain to Chinatown. This is a continuation of the T Line that runs down Third Street from Mission Bay to Bayview. When the Central Subway is complete, The T Line’s route will change. Instead of going down King Street and Embarcadero towards ATT Park, the streetcar will continue north on 4th Street to its new stop on 4th and Brannan. From here it will continue up toward Market Street then Chinatown at Stockton and Washington Streets. Crazy enough, another tunnel is being drilled below the Market Street Muni tunnel! There will be another transfer point to access the existing Powell Street Muni and BART stops.
Here are the four new stations along the 1.7 mile route:
- 4th and Brannan Station at 4th and Brannan streets (street level)
- Yerba Buena/Moscone Station at 4th and Folsom streets (underground)
- Union Square/Market Street Station on Stockton Street at Union Square (underground)
- Chinatown Station at Stockton and Washington streets (underground)
Future plans will extend the T Third Line into North Beach or Fisherman’s wharf. What a changing city we are living in! Officials are predicting that this will increase ridership and become the most heavily ridden train by 2030. This train will bridge the Bayview, Dogpatch and Mission Bay neighborhoods more directly to BART, Downtown shopping and Caltrain. The project will finally be completed in 2018 and be in operation by the end of 2019. Exciting!
Map of the Chinatown Subway:
The N Judah should continue its route along Embarcadero, while T Third will no longer travel down Market, switching to the N.
Check out some fascinating photos of the underground tunnel construction taken by SFMTA photographer Robert Pierce. It’s crazy to think that this massive project is being constructed underneath the very ground we walk.