John Rahaim, director of the San Francisco Planning Department, calls the decision to route Caltrain to the newly opened Salesforce Transit center a "100-year decision."
"After more than a decade of planning — with some studies and approvals dating back to 2004 — San Francisco officials have finally settled on a route for a Caltrain extension that could also eventually bring high-speed rail into downtown San Francisco," reports Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez.
The decision by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority represents the first step toward bringing trains to the newly opened Salesforce Transit Center. The decision also culminates years of work by the San Francisco Planning Department in considering three route alternatives, according to Fitzgerald Rodriguez.
"The route the transportation authority approved Tuesday will run the $6.1 billion construction project along Pennsylvania Avenue," reports Fitzgerald Rodriguez. "That alignment was the second most expensive of the available options but also the one with the least construction impact on the street level in the growing Mission Bay area."
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