The Central Subway will connect to the T Third Line to provide continuous, critical north-south rail service from Visitacion Valley through the Bayview/Hunters Point, Dogpatch, Mission Bay and South of Market neighborhoods into the heart of downtown and Chinatown. It will extend reliable, efficient rail service along one of the most congested corridors in San Francisco.
Once the Central Subway Project is complete in 2019, the T Third Line will accommodate current and projected high ridership in the corridor, reducing trip times and providing direct connections to regional transit systems, including Caltrain, BART and, in the future, high-speed rail.
Jobs and population are projected to increase significantly in the next two decades in the neighborhoods along the T Third Line, and the Central Subway will be essential to ensuring mobility and accommodating this increase in demand. The project continues to receive the highest federal ratings among peer projects around the nation in large part because it addresses these fundamental mobility needs.
The Central Subway will provide many benefits for customers, including:
Relocation Efforts for the Community
The Central Subway’s future Chinatown Station will be constructed at the southwest corner of Stockton and Washington streets at the site of what is now 933-949 Stockton Street (above). The SFMTA has acquired the building, which will be demolished, and the new station will be built in its place.
During the acquisition process, the SFMTA has aided in the relocation of 19 residential households and eight commercial businesses. As of August 2012, all of the residential tenants have moved to new residences, including five households that purchased new homes. The eight commercial tenants have been relocated, and six of them have relocated nearby. These relocation efforts have been carried out consistent with the federal Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.
Relocation assistance was also provided to two businesses at the future site of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station. The SFMTA has purchased the property at the corner of 4th and Folsom streets, previously home to a 76 gas station and two smog shops. Both smog shops have relocated.