Planning a New Subway to San Francisco's 'Sleepy' West Side

San Francisco is planning for new population growth and new housing developments on the West Side of the city, and is also expecting high quality public transit to fill the mobility needs of current and future residents.

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September 22, 2019, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


West Portal Muni Station

MUNI's West Portal Station in San Francisco. | Sheila Fitzgerald / Shutterstock

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez reports on "plans to dig a new subway tunnel between West Portal and Parkmerced on the West Side of San Francisco."

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority recently approved nearly a million dollars in funding to study the idea, which would accelerate change already coming to a currently "sleepy" area of the city.

"[San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee] told the San Francisco Examiner that Parkmerced and other neighborhoods he represents will soon see thousands of housing units built — at Parkmerced, at San Francisco State University and perhaps by Stonestown Galleria — necessitating more transit for perhaps 20,000 new residents as well as thousands of current ones," reports Rodriguez.

The article includes more details on the planning efforts for Muni subways in the area leading up to the current study, the expected development of housing and student housing in the area, and the preliminary responses from businesses in the area (i.e., surprisingly supportive).

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