By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
San Francisco’s newest — and still under construction — subway may soon see an extension from Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency recently allocated $1.2 million in its budget to study extending the T-Third Central Subway from its terminus in North Beach all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Some are calling the study a major first step by the SFMTA that shows a clear sign of moving toward a new subway than ever before.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority previously conducted a feasibility study with the SFMTA, said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin.
“[The new study] would go a level deeper,” he told the San Francisco Examiner. “This would do more community work and more technical work, to tee it up into preliminary engineering into environmental impact and analysis.”
Reiskin affirmed his support of the project while clarifying that nothing is set in stone.
“It doesn’t guarantee we get a subway built,” he said. “I sure hope they will see this project come to fruition. If you look at the very long term in The City, it makes all the sense of the world.”
The study is one of many items in the SFMTA’s newly proposed multibillion dollar budget for fiscal year 2017-18, which will be debated at town hall meetings throughout March. The SFMTA Board of Directors is set to vote on the budget in April…(more)