SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were in San Francisco today to check on the progress of the long-delayed Central Subway project.
The Muni Subway extension via SOMA, Union Square and Chinatown is still expected to serve passengers in the fall.
This is the long-awaited merry-go-round. The construction of the central metro is almost complete.
Today we accompanied local and national leaders on the train on the subway line from Union Square to Chinatown.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the US Secretary of Transportation took a closer look at what crews have been working on for years.
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“Thank you to the community for their patience over the many years of construction,” said SF Mayor London Breed.
Work began in 2010 on the Central Subway line.
Originally, this was to be done by December 2018.
The $1.6 billion project spans 1.7 miles and would connect downtown San Francisco to Chinatown via four stations.
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Today, leaders applauded the progress of this massive transit project.
“The department was proud to support it a decade ago under President Obama with nearly $1 billion in funds. And that will pay dividends for generations to come,” Secretary Buttigieg said.
“This project has been a long time coming and not a minute too soon. Like many other communities, Chinatown needs this lifeline,” said Malcom Yeung, Executive Director of Chinatown CDC.
The majority of funding for Metro Central comes from federal funds and the New Starts program.
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“When we allocate resources, we want it to happen. There’s competition for it all. We want to see the dirt fly. We want it to happen,” Chair Pelosi said.
The central metro took a while to arrive, but many authorities say it’s worth the wait.
“The Central Metro will significantly reduce travel time and relieve congestion in some of the city’s busiest areas and it will connect to our regional BART and Caltrain systems,” Mayor Breed said.
While the central metro is about to start, leaders say more transit improvements are yet to come.
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