Powell Muni station closes one entrance

Excerpt from SFMTA Press Release:

The San Francisco  Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees transportation in the  city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that the entrance  to the Powell Street Muni Metro/BART Station located at Stockton and Ellis  streets will close August 27. The closure of this entrance, also known as the  Apple Store entrance, will be in effect for approximately six years to  facilitate construction of the Central Subway tunnel and Union Square/Market  Street Station.

When the Central Subway is complete, this  entrance will provide convenient access to the T Third Line at the future Union  Square/Market Street Station. An underground concourse connection will link the  Union Square/Market Street and Powell Street stations, allowing customers to  transfer easily between the T Third Line and the BART and Muni Metro lines  operating in the Market Street tunnel.

To facilitate access to Powell Street Station  while the Apple Store entrance is closed, signage will direct customers to the  nearest alternate entrance at 4th and Market streets.

About the Central Subway Project

The Central Subway Project  will extend the T Third Line from the 4th Street Caltrain Station to  Chinatown, providing a direct, rapid transit link from the Bayshore and Mission  Bay areas to SoMa and downtown. Four new stations will be built along the  1.7-mile Central Subway Project alignment – a street-level station at 4th  and Brannan streets and three subway stations: Yerba Buena/Moscone Station,  Union Square/Market Street Station and Chinatown Station.

Travel times through this  busy corridor will be significantly reduced by the Central Subway. During peak  hours, current travel between Stockton and Washington streets and 4th  and King streets takes more than 20 minutes on Muni bus routes. On the Central  Subway, the same trip will take less than eight minutes.

The Central Subway Project is the  second phase of the SFMTA’s Third Street Light Rail Transit Project. The first  segment of the T Third Line opened in April 2007, restoring light rail service  to a high transit-ridership area of San Francisco for the first time in 50  years.

The $1.6 billion project will be  funded using a variety of federal, state and local sources, including $942.2  million from the federal New Starts program. Of the total New Starts  investment, $92.4 million has already been awarded to the Central Subway Project  in anticipation of a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) later this year.

The Central Subway is expected to open  to the public in 2019. For more information, visit us online at www.centralsubwaysf.com

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