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Old April 19th, 2015, 09:32 PM   #961
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Indeed. And I get to watch it grow and develop too with my own eyes as well. Once the Central Subway is built, I hope Muni can shift its resources from running the 8x, 30, and 45 in tandem to providing more reliable service on the Stockton corridor (perhaps reducing the role of the 8x -- soon to be 8-Bayshore) and allocating more service on underserved lines.
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Old May 5th, 2015, 08:20 PM   #962
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April update on Central Subway:

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Old May 19th, 2015, 10:48 PM   #963
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From Global Rail News:

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Central Subway tunnels complete
19 MAY, 2015



Tunnelling works are now finished on an extension of the Muni Metro system through downtown San Francisco.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has announced that the tunnel portal entrance – the final component of the main tunnelling contract for the Central Subway Project – has been completed.

Around $1.6 billion is being spent on the Central Subway Project, which will extend the T Third Street line by 2.7 kilometres under Union Square and through to Chinatown by 2019

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Old May 19th, 2015, 10:51 PM   #964
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Wow, am I crazy or did that go really fast?

So where does this leave us as far as possible future extensions to North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf? Are those off the table once the boring machine is removed?
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Old May 20th, 2015, 01:52 AM   #965
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2019?! Is that when the extension is opening?! Do they still have 3+ years of construction?
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Old May 20th, 2015, 04:00 AM   #966
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looks like one major transportation project is moving quickly, can't be said for the DC Streetcar, 2nd avenue subway, Silver line, etc.
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Old May 20th, 2015, 09:06 AM   #967
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2019?! Is that when the extension is opening?! Do they still have 3+ years of construction?
The Stations still have to be built from I understand. Tunneling is usually the easiest part of building a Subway Line or Network... Stations tend to be complex with multiple levels needing to be constructed along with entrances...
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Old May 20th, 2015, 06:53 PM   #968
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The Stations still have to be built from I understand. Tunneling is usually the easiest part of building a Subway Line or Network... Stations tend to be complex with multiple levels needing to be constructed along with entrances...
The most complex station that will be built for the Central Subway would be Powell Street since it will be directly connected to the existing Powell Street BART/Muni Metro Station. Not to mention, it will be on a S-shape curve to match the alignment shift between Stockton and Fourth Streets crossing Market... now I want to see how that will look like in the end since currently, the Stockton & Ellis entrance (next to the Apple Store) has been closed for months now.
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Old May 20th, 2015, 09:07 PM   #969
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2019?! Is that when the extension is opening?! Do they still have 3+ years of construction?
They've just dug the tunnels. Now they need to outfit the tunnels with rails, power cables, etc. Then build the stations, then build the above ground entrances, then test trains, then train new operators, etc etc. Yeah, 3+ more years.
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This article answers the question of when the SMART Larkspur extension would open at the earliest:

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Feds give SMART environmental clearance to go to Larkspur


Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit showed off one of its train cars to attendees at a San Rafael public forum on transportation earlier this month. Robert Tong — Marin Independent Journal

By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal

Posted: 05/21/15, 4:03 PM PDT

A planned extension of the SMART commuter train from San Rafael to Larkspur has gained environmental approval from the federal government, helping clear a path to connect the two cities.

The Federal Transit Administration announced this week there were no significant impacts to the environment associated with the project. Work started on the environmental plan by SMART more than two years ago, even though at that time funding for the extension had not been fully identified.

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President Obama’s budget for 2015-16 issued in February includes $20 million to complete construction of the rail extension. And so far, so good.

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Federal approval of the environmental document allows SMART to proceed with a design for the extension. Mansourian hopes to convene San Rafael, Larkspur, Golden Gate Bridge and other local officials in the coming weeks to discuss aspects of the project. Ideally, the extension to Larkspur could be launched in 2017, although Mansourian acknowledged that might be optimistic.

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Work has already been done on a key stretch to get service to Larkspur. In December 2010 the revamped Cal Park Hill Tunnel, an 1,100-foot tube, was opened at a cost of $28 million.

The federal funding would allow SMART to put rails from the transit center in San Rafael through the tunnel and connect trains to Golden Gate Ferry service, which can then take commuters into San Francisco.

Reach the author at [email protected] or follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkPradoIJ.
For full article: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/...go-to-larkspur
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Union Square/Market St. station on 22nd May:
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Old May 29th, 2015, 03:06 AM   #972
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Update on the SMART Operations and Maintenance Facility:

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SMART Contractor, Shimmick Construction, is working on the Operations & Maintenance Facility on Airport Blvd in Santa Rosa. Work is expected to be completed this summer.


Installation of exhaust venting system


Installation of track crossing


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The nearly complete SMART Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF):


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Thats a small Yard & Maintenance building for such a long system.
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But the trains in operation are mostly 2-car trains, and the line goes through mostly suburban communities where you get lower ridership figures due to the current zoning layouts that are segregated. I am looking forward to the day that the entire line will be double tracked to allow more trains to be operated daily.
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Old June 14th, 2015, 08:31 PM   #977
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That will be a day very far from now
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But the trains in operation are mostly 2-car trains, and the line goes through mostly suburban communities where you get lower ridership figures due to the current zoning layouts that are segregated. I am looking forward to the day that the entire line will be double tracked to allow more trains to be operated daily.
You don't need full blown double tracking for say 4tph service at peak, which I think will be all this line needs in the medium-term.

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Old June 15th, 2015, 08:47 AM   #979
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The fence they've built to hide what they are doing there is nearly impenetrable and I've been wondering for over a year what it looked like (of course I knew they were building the station but not exactly what was the state of things).
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You don't need full blown double tracking for say 4tph service at peak, which I think will be all this line needs in the medium-term.
When do you think SMART will hit 6tph at rush hours? Consider the fact that at the moment, if you wanna go through the stations along the line, you would have to deal with multiple Golden Gate, Marin Transit, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, and Sonoma County Transit lines. Once the initial segment is complete, how would those affected lines be adjusted to serve SMART efficiently?
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