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Letter: TBM Extraction Review 11/30/12

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Dear Neighbor:
Last Monday, Supervisor David Chiu and SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin joined me in a collaborative conversation with the North Beach community about the Central Subway Project. Director Reiskin and I presented to the community four options for the Central Subway’s tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that would not involve removing them at the site on Columbus Avenue between Union and Filbert streets. To those of you who attended the meeting and have provided feedback about the presentation, we thank you for participating in this process. 
Next Tuesday, December 4, the SFMTA Board of Directors will open discussions about the TBM options at their regularly scheduled meeting. A calendar item prepared by SFMTA staff will guide the Board’s discussion and propose a course of action for determining the feasibility of Option 4 (TBM removal from 1731-1741 Powell Street) and Option 3 (leaving the TBM head under Columbus Avenue). If the Board approves the staff recommendation and if we are successful in implementing either of these two options, the TBMs will not be removed on Columbus Avenue.
The calendar item and the Board agenda have been finalized and posted online. You can find them at the following links:

We encourage you to participate in this discussion by presenting your feedback to the Board. Community input has informed and guided this review process so far, and it will continue to be instrumental as we work together to determine an outcome.
Thank you again for participating in this process. We look forward to working with you further as the Central Subway Project proceeds.
John Funghi
Program Director, SFMTA Central Subway Project