Wrapping 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.