By Sasha Lekach, Bay City News : sfappeal – excerpt
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials marked a milestone in the Central Subway project this morning with the completion of tunnel boring from downtown San Francisco to North Beach.
Two boring machines, affectionately named Mom Chung and Big Alma after historical San Francisco women, made it 8,500 feet to the former site of the Pagoda Palace Theater earlier this month after about a year of digging two underground tunnels.
The tunnels will connect the San Francisco Municipal Railway T-Third line from the South of Market area through Union Square and into Chinatown.
The $233 million tunnel, which started in 2012, is part of the $1.6 billion Central Subway project expected to be completed in 2019…
Chiu said he “had a vision” of the tunnel connecting the subway to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf as well.
Supervisor Scott Wiener said with a growing population in San Francisco, “We don’t have the space. We have to keep moving forward with our public transportation capacity.”
He echoed Chiu’s calls for better north-south connections and a more efficient way to get workers, residents and tourists to Fisherman’s Wharf.
“We need to stay the course,” Wiener said…
There will be three underground stations built along the tunnel route—a Chinatown station at Stockton and Washington streets, a Union Square station at Stockton and Geary streets and Stockton and Ellis streets, and a Yerba Buena station at Fourth and Clementina streets…
A group of Central Subway supporters, part of the group SF NexTstop, carried signs on Powell Street that read, “Finish the Subway,” advocating for a subway extension to the Fisherman’s Wharf area.
Group leader Julie Christensen said the F-Market & Wharves Muni Metro and 30-Stockton bus lines aren’t reliable forms of transportation for the many workers, residents and tourists that come into the area daily.
“There’s a moat of congestion around Fisherman’s Wharf,” she said.
She said the group has proposed another station at Joseph Conrad Square at Columbus Avenue and Leavenworth Street or the Kirkland Yard bus storage center near Pier 39 on Beach Street… (more)
Community members does not tell us much about the support for the extension to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Here is where the EIR should be required. Boring into “unknown” underground landfill, including old sunken ships in the mud, and other equally unstable ground, should prompt an EIR. Let ‘s see who calls for one now.
What we see is more money being drained from Muni operations into the hole, which will mean further cuts in Muni service and more public debt.