Central subway to Jackson/Stockton
Muni has made some changes in the Central Subway project to connect 4th and Townsend to Chinatown. According to the Examiner story, the subway will run under 4th St. instead of 3rd St., and instead of stopping at Clay and Stockton at the end of the Stockton Street vehicle tunnel, will go two blocks farther, to Jackson.
A graphic in the Examiner this morning (not online, but scanned in here — click it for the whole thing) showed the new route.
In addition to the extension, the new plan includes an extended platform for a Union Square station with a pedestrian tunnel that connects to the main Muni Metro lines on Market St.
The line would open in 2016, according to the plan. Given Muni’s experience with the T line, you shouldn’t hold your breath. The year 2020 might be a better guess.
By contrast, here’s the old version of the route — a version which was still on Muni’s site this morning.
What’s intriguing about Muni’s map are the purple arrows — one pointing down Geary St., another up Folsom. What are these arrows? Proposals for even more subway lines?