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SF’s “Central Subway” Opens Nov. 19 w/ Free Weekend Rides

The long-awaited Central Subway is opening (weekends only) for a soft-launch with free rides along four new stops.
By - posted 11/17/2022 No Comment

San Francisco’s long-awaited Central Subway line is finally opening (sort of).

Starting November 19, 2022, the brand new Central Subway will open with a dedicated shuttle service on weekends between 4th and Brannan Station to Chinatown/Rose Pak Station, stopping along the way at Yerba Buena and Union Square where passengers can make transfers to BART and our Market Street subway.

Free “Central Subway” Metro T Rides – Soft Launch
Weekends, November 19-December 31, 2022
8am to Midnight / Trains every 12 minutes
Four stations only

  • 4th and Brannan Station
  • Yerba Buena
  • Union Square
  • Chinatown/Rose Pak Station

Service specifically on this weekend shuttle for the Central Subway will be free in November and December. This soft launch will allow for additional operator training of the brand new system while allowing the public to experience the system in service.

In January, we will transition to daily service, connecting directly to the rest of the T-Third Line.

What’s Coming in January 2023 – Full Service

New T Third Service from Chinatown-Rose Pak to Sunnydale is planned to start January 7, 2023, via Central Subway.

Service on the new T Third line will run Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. While the new T Third line will continue to provide service along 3rd and 4th streets, it will no longer run along King Street, the Embarcadero or Market Street.

Muni and BART customers will be able to connect between Central Subway and the Market Street subway underground between Union Square/Market Street Station and Powell Station.

New Transfers:

  • Customers should transfer from the T Third to the N Judah at Powell Station (heading south) or 4th & King (heading north) for service on Embarcadero to Folsom, Brannan, AT&T Park (2nd and King streets).
  • J Church, K Ingleside, M Ocean View and N Judah customers will get off at Powell Station and transfer to the T Third at the new Union Square/Market Street Station. The two stations are connected underground. New signage will help direct customers.
  • K Ingleside customers will transfer to the N Judah to continue south on Embarcadero to Folsom, Brannan, AT&T Park (2nd and King streets), Mission Bay, Chase Center and Caltrain (4th and King streets).
  • T Third customers will transfer from Union Square/Market Street Station to Powell Station for all other Muni Metro routes eastbound and westbound.

See the new Muni Metro service map below for details. Use our website (SFMTA.com/TripPlanner) to plan your new trip.