SFMTA Reminds Muni Customers that Additional Re-routes around Central Subway Construction Begin Today
Release date: July 11, 2012
*** Press Release ***
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today reminded Muni customers that the southbound 8X/8AX/8BX Bayshore Express and 91 Owl Muni bus routes will be re-routed starting today to accommodate Central Subway construction. These re-routes will remain in effect for the duration of the Central Subway Project.
The routes, which traveled south on Stockton and 4th streets through Union Square and SoMa, will now instead follow Mason and 5th streets. The modified routes will travel around construction activity, including tunnel preparation work and station construction, which will begin soon on Stockton and 4th streets.
Earlier this year, the SFMTA re-routed the 30 Stockton and 45 Union/Stockton bus routes around Central Subway construction. These re-routes will remain in effect.
8X/AX/BX Bayshore Express Re-routes
Ambassadors will be deployed along the current route to direct customers.
91 Owl Re-reroute
For traffic impacts, construction updates and project information, please visit www.centralsubwaysf.com.
About the Central Subway Project
The Central Subway Project will extend the T Third Line from the 4th Street Caltrain Station to Chinatown, providing a direct, rapid transit link from the Bayshore and Mission Bay areas to SoMa and downtown. Four new stations will be built along the 1.7-mile Central Subway Project alignment—a street-level station at 4th and Brannan streets and three subway stations: Yerba Buena/Moscone Station, Union Square/Market Street Station and Chinatown Station.
Travel times through this busy corridor will be significantly reduced by the Central Subway. During peak hours, current travel between Stockton and Washington streets and 4th and King streets takes more than 20 minutes on Muni trolley coach routes. On the Central Subway, the same trip will take less than eight minutes.
The Central Subway Project is the second phase of the SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Transit Project. The first segment of the T Third Line opened in April 2007, restoring light rail service to a high transit-ridership area of San Francisco for the first time in 50 years.
The $1.6 billion project will be funded using a variety of federal, state and local sources, including $942.2 million from the federal New Starts program. Of the total New Starts investment, $92.4 million has already been awarded to the Central Subway Project in anticipation of a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) later this year.
The Central Subway is expected to open to the public in 2019. For more information, visit us online at www.centralsubwaysf.com.
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