Plan will outline long-term policy for new citywide subway construction
San Francisco — Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation requiring the creation of a Subway Master Plan, with a goal that San Francisco expand its inadequate subway system. Currently San Francisco has two subways — a short subway under Market Street for Muni and a BART subway that runs down Market Street to the Mission and to Daly City. Most of San Francisco has no subway access at all. A second Muni subway tunnel, the Central Subway, is under construction and will be open in 2017. The Subway Master Plan will require that the city come up with an outline for long-term subway expansion throughout the entire city.
Supervisor Wiener published a piece today on Medium outlining the need for more subways — San Francisco Should Always Have a Subway Under Construction.
“San Francisco has experienced unprecedented growth, and our streets already can’t handle the surface traffic we see today,” said Supervisor Wiener. “As our city continues to grow, it’s critical to move more transit underground. For a more sustainable transportation system, San Francisco should always have a subway under construction. This plan will lay the groundwork for a badly needed subway network to serve all parts of San Francisco.”
Potential areas of subway expansion include:
- Extending the Central Subway to North Beach and then to Fisherman’s Wharf
- Building a second Transbay tube for BART, high-speed rail, and a Caltrain/Capitol Corridor connection
- Connecting Caltrain and High-Speed Rail from Mission Bay to the Transbay Transit Center (the “downtown extension”)
- Extending subway service to western San Francisco, for example, on Geary, 19th Avenue, and through the Sunset
Supervisor Wiener chairs the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and represents San Francisco on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. He authored Proposition B, the 2014 ballot measure that ties transit funding to population growth, as well as legislation to move San Francisco toward improved late night transportation.
The ordinance will require the City to create a Subway Master Plan within a year of passage. The ordinance will be heard at the Land Use and Transportation Committee this fall.