By Mayor London?Breed
My fellow San Franciscans,
During the first week of the new year, the T-Third started its historic new route connecting Chinatown to Sunnydale and the Bayview in the new Central Subway. The Central Subway is a transformative project for our City and a critical bridge to connect our neighborhoods and bring people together.
With an above-ground station in SoMa at 4th and Brannan and subway stations at Yerba Buena/Moscone Center, Union Square/Market and Chinatown–Rose Pak, the Central Subway Project is critical in connecting the southeastern and the northeastern parts of San Francisco, supporting economic vitality and cultural growth in the Visitacion Valley, the Bayview, Dogpatch, SoMa, Union Square and Chinatown neighborhoods. ?
The T-Third will now continue north at 4th & King, transition into underground tunnels with a portal under the I-80 freeway, cross under the BART and Muni Metro tunnels beneath Market Street and then continue under Stockton Street to Washington Street.??
This unique project features complex and award-winning designs. The Chinatown station is 120 feet deep, almost equivalent to a twelve-story building underground. The International Tunneling Association awarded Chinatown Station “Project of the Year” for its sustainability aspects and community involvement; Union Square/Market Street won an award for innovative solutions for underground space utilization.
This project is also about our economic recovery. As our City is still recovering from the impacts brought by the COVID-19 global pandemic, our recovery efforts rely on an efficient and reliable transportation system. It’s also about making life easier for residents. Not only will it help traffic congestion on our street, it will also provide a faster and more convenient way for us to get to where we need to go.
I want to thank the entire team at the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency for their years of hard work. We could not have been able to complete this project with all the efforts they put in.
Finally, next Sunday is the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, and as you are preparing for the customs and traditions for Lunar New Year, stay safe and please continue to look out for one another. I wish you a healthy, safe and prosperous new year.
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London N. Breed