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Stockton Street Re-opens After 7 Years | SF

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Friday, February 22, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Lower Stockton Street | Stockton and Ellis, San Francisco, CA


Starting Friday, February 22, 2019, Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis will be reopened to traffic after being closed due to construction on the Central Subway since 2012.

This street segment runs essentially from Union Square to Market Street — directly above the new subway’s biggest station.

The current estimated date (as of Nov. 2018) for the Central Subway to begin service is January 14, 2020 (more than 1 year behind schedule).

Read More: SFMTA

What’s Underneath? The New Central Subway

Expected to be the busiest of the new stations and located in the heart of one of San Francisco’s key retail and hotel districts, the Union Square/Market Street Station also boasts some unique features. Its northern entrance is built directly into the southeast corner of Union Square while its southern end will connect directly to the existing Powell Street Station, allowing quick access to other Muni lines and BART. An underground walkway creates a passage between the entrances and down to the platform where customers can catch the train.

Due to the size and complexity of this station and tunnel, construction on this segment was done in the cut and cover method known as a “top-down” or “bottom-up” approach. This technique involves the construction of a box frame structure within a trench excavation. After construction, the whole section is later backfilled and sealed from the top.

Muni Re-Routes Begin Monday 2/25

The reopened street allows the 8, 8AX, 8BX, and 91 OWL routes to return to their previous alignments on lower Stockton and 4th Street starting on Monday, February 25. This is great news for transit riders who will save about five minutes on their rides from Chinatown to SoMa and on to Visitacion Valley. Nearby merchants are likewise happy to see construction getting closer to being finished.

Longtime Muni customers will remember that the 45 Union/Stockton and 30 Stockton buses also formerly used lower Stockton and 4th Street. These trolley bus routes will begin their return to the previous route alignment later this year after construction in the area is farther along.


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Cost: FREE
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Address: Stockton and Ellis, San Francisco, CA

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