A controversial design plan for the Central Subway’s Union Square station was approved Thursday, but opponents of the project said lawsuits could be coming as a result of the decision.
Because the station will sit on park property, the Recreation and Park Commission was required to sign off on the plan. The commission did so unanimously in the latest hurdle cleared for the $1.6 billion Muni project that will extend underground Metro service from South of Market to Chinatown. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will reopen its bidding process for the construction of the Central Subway’s Chinatown station after a quartet of contractors failed to meet the agency’s requirements during the first round of solicitations.
Tutor-Saliba, a Los Angeles-based firm, offered to complete the construction project for $239 million, the lowest of four bids accepted by the SFMTA. The four bids ranged from
$239 million to $397 million. Read More
An unprecedented act by Congress is the only thing standing between Muni and a crucial federal grant for its Central Subway project now that the Obama administration has signed off on the $942 million application. Read More
Despite one lawsuit filed already and another likely, construction work is set to begin next week in North Beach for Muni’s Central Subway.On Aug. 13, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will begin a four-month utility relocation project on Columbus Avenue, an undertaking that will close one lane of traffic during business hours. Read More
Union Square, a neighborhood that has been torn up and rearranged as part of the Central Subway construction work, faces more changes starting this weekend.
On Saturday, the section of Grant Street between Geary and Sutter streets will be converted to two-way traffic. On Monday, Stockton Street will be shuttered to all cars except for emergency vehicles between Ellis and Geary street, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is overseeing the project. Read More
From the looks of the headlines, anyone visiting San Francisco would think our mayor is on trial. Events at the Ethics Commission hearings over whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be permanently removed from office have been a source of controversy from the start, but after Mayor Ed Lee testified about why he suspended Mirkarimi in the first place, things really got heated. Read More
The Central Subway’s proposed station at Union Square may violate provisions of the City Charter, a development that could lead to litigation against the $1.6 billion rail expansion project. Read More
The state Senate will vote today on releasing $2.7 billion in funds for California’s high-speed rail project, a decision that will likely define the fate of the $68 billion undertaking.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority and Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to start construction on the project in the Central Valley has drawn criticism from some state senators, who said the money would be better spent in developed areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Read More
Despite the passage of a congressional amendment to strip future federal funds from San Francisco’s Central Subway project, Muni is moving forward with the plan as scheduled. Read More
Muni is pushing ahead with its plan to bring up tunnel-boring equipment through Columbus Avenue in North Beach during Central Subway construction, despite a petition circulating to request a moratorium on the upcoming work and Supervisor David Chiu asking for alternatives. Read More