Wednesday, February 10, 2010

San Francisco marks Central Subway groundbreaking ceremony

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San Francsico officials, including representatives from the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency (SFMTA), Wednesday marked the start of construction of the Central Subway, Phase II of the city’s Third Street Light Rail Project.

The 1.7-mile, $1.6 billion extension of the existing LRT line, tunneling under Chinatown, “represents adramatic investment in San Francisco´s transportation future," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Tens of thousands of residents and visitors will use this environmentally friendly subway to get to work, school, and to see their families and friends."

"It is incredibly gratifying to see construction begin on the Central Subway," said SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. "We appreciate the tremendous amount of support from federal, state, and local officials and the incredible efforts of so many community partners who are helping to make this project a reality."

The extension is slated to open for service in 2018.