T-Third wrapup

third.jpgWrapping up Metroblog’s exhaustive coverage of the opening of the T-Third line (who knew we were this geeky?):

  • A big piece in the Chronicle today summarized the “tempest of troubles” which accompanied the construction of the 5.5-mile light rail line, including bad construction drawings, sub-par cement, a FUBAR’d drawbridge reconstruction, design mistakes, and legal claims. Said a contractor: “This project is by far the worst we have ever been involved in.”
  • The Examiner featured the system’s preferential treatment at traffic signals, which supposedly allow the trains to speed down Third Street. You wouldn’t know it yet, as the trains are proceeding with caution until local automobile drivers get used to them.
  • Photographers were out in force over the sunny weekend, snapping pix like crazy. Check the thirdstreetlightrail Flickr tag.
  • I couldn’t find that many blog posts about the line yet, but aside from Adam’s post here on Metroblog, here are Jennelle137, Lasagna Boy, and Brad Whitaker.
  • Now that the T-Third is just about finished, Muni’s rail division turns its attention to the Central Subway, a $1.5 Billion project to put metro trains under Third and Stockton Streets. In a skeptical posting on Beyond Chron, the SF Tomorrow group wonders: boon or boondoggle? Here’s Numi’s own Central Subway page. Click on the map below to see their larger map.


5 Comments so far

  1. Pieter (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    I’m a little confused; the muni website says that the line will operate only on weekends with full operation starting april 7th. However, from my desk at the Mission Bay campus I can see T lines running by with people aboard on this sunny Monday.
    Are they running now or not?

  2. mark (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    I believe they are running special trains today to bring people to the Martin Luther King Jr. festivities in the Civic Center.

  3. tyler82 (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    The central subway project is something I’m really excited about. I also heard about a proposal for an underground Geary train that comes to street level at Van Ness and heads all the way to the ocean, anybody have any info on this one?

  4. Mark (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    I think the latest plan for the Geary corridor is a dedicated busway, not a light rail line:

  5. Eric (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 12:22 am

    I think that exactly what is going on with the Geary corridor is a bit up in the air at the moment. Groups such as Rescue Muni are actively pushing for a rapid bus to be only the first phase of the Geary project, and that the separated lane for buses should be made “rail ready”; i.e. measurements and clearances would accommodate rail in the future, even though the tracks aren’t actually put down yet.

    If Geary became a rail line, the portal to the subway would be at Laguna, and trains would tunnel underneath Geary or Post. It’s not clear how the line would end, whether it would go all the way to a new Transbay Terminal, or if it would just terminate at Montgomery Station (this would require a Post Street alignment of the tunnel). Though I find the former plan to be more appealing, deep tunneling under the current Market Street subway is part of what is causing the horrifically escalated costs on the Central Subway, so ending the Geary line at Montgomery might be the more sensible of these plans.

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