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Central Subway Project

The Central Subway Project will improve public transportation in San Francisco by extending the Muni Metro T Third Line through SoMa, Union Square and Chinatown. By providing a direct, rapid transit link between downtown and the existing T Third Line route on 3rd Street, the Central Subway will vastly improve transportation to and from some of the city's busiest, most densely populated areas.

When the Central Subway is completed, T Third Line trains will travel mostly underground from the 4th Street Caltrain Station to Chinatown, bypassing heavy traffic on congested 4th Street and Stockton Street. Four new stations will be built along the 1.7-mile alignment:

  • 4th and Brannan Station at 4th and Brannan streets (street level)
  • Yerba Buena/Moscone Station at 4th and Folsom streets (subway)
  • Union Square/Market Street Station on Stockton Street at Union Square (subway)
  • Chinatown Station at Stockton and Washington streets (subway)

Check out our video tour of the project alignment.
 

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Project Timeline 
Design
2009-2013
Completed
Construction
2011-2019
Pending
Testing
2018-2019
Pending
Revenue Service
2019
Pending
Predicted Completion 
2019
Project Status 
Current
Project Success 
On budget
Improvements 
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Bus Routes and Rail Lines 
Streets 
Stockton Street, 4th Street

Office Hours

Have a question about the Central Subway Project?  Stop by our construction office to get assistance from project staff during our Community Drop-In Office Hours:

Central Subway Project Office
530 Bush St. Suite 400 (4th Floor)
M-F 9am to 5pm

You may also contact project staff with your questions/concerns at Central.Subway@SFMTA.com or call 415.701.4371.

Funding

The Central Subway Project is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the State of California, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the City and County of San Francisco.

The majority of funding for the Central Subway Project will be provided by the FTA’s New Starts program, with a total commitment over the life of the project of $948.4 million. An additional $41 million in federal funds is designated to the project as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, which supports environmental efforts for surface transportation and related projects. The federal funds allocated for the Central Subway Project cannot be redirected for investment in any other San Francisco projects.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) baseline budget for the Central Subway Project remains at $1.578 billion. There has been no increase in the local funding commitment since original voter approval in 2003 of $126 million in Proposition B/K sales tax funds.

In total, about half of the funding for the entire Third Street Light Rail Transit Project is from federal sources, with the remaining half from state and local sources.  The Central Subway Project is one of the nation’s highest-rated projects in the FTA's New Starts program.

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Contact Information 
Central Subway Outreach Team
415.701.4371
Eric Stassevitch, Program Construction Manager