Federal agency approves
San Francisco Central Subway project
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
February 9, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The Federal Transit Administration
has approved a preliminary engineering plan for the San Francisco
Municipal Railway's Central Subway project.
A medium rating for the proposal, which would extend Muni to
Chinatown, allows the Municipal Transportation authority the opportunity
to lobby for funds in the 2008 national budget.
Muni is only one of 15 projects nationwide approved for the funding.
Ratings are based on project justification and local financial
"We are pleased the U.S. Department of Transportation acknowledges
the importance of this project, which will provide the backbone
for expanded rail transit services in San Francisco," MTA
Executive Director Nathaniel Ford said.
The central Subway would extend light rail service in a subway
tunnel under the South of Market, Union Square and Chinatown neighborhoods,
according to the MTA.
The project has already received $45 million in federal funding
to date, and it is expected to open in 2016, the MTA reported.
Copyright © 2007 by Bay City News, Inc. -- Republication,
Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent
of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.