The future location of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Subway station in SoMa is currently occupied by a 76 Gas Station and Bay Motor Works, both of which will be displaced soon.
In order to build a new 1.7-mile light-rail line, two businesses will be relocated so that The San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority can launch the Central Subway project, a plan to build a new 1.7-mile light-rail line.
The new line will run from Chinatown through the South of Market district, eventually ending at the Fourth and Brannan station, and cost $1.578 billion.
The proposed station in SoMa, which will cost an estimated $117 million will be built on the corner of Fourth and Folsom streets and will be called Yerba Buena/Moscone Station.
A 76 gas station, owned by ConocoPhillips and the Bay Motor Works smog center currently sit on the property set aside for the station.
“I’ll lose a lot of business,” said Clifford Twong who owns Bay Motor Works. “As of right now I have no new location.”
The owners of the 76 Gas Station refused to comment on the relocation.
Construction on the Chinatown station has already started, with Mayor Ed Lee’s backing of the project. The building at 933-949 Stockton St. has been covered in a decorative wrap until it is to be demolished later this year.
With Lee’s backing of the project, Central Subway plans to open its T Third Line in 2019 with a projected ridership of 43,700 people along the entire line.
Utility relocation for the SoMa station began in January 2010 and ended in May 2011 while the tunnel contract started in January 2012 and will last until the first quarter 2015.
“The construction for the 1.7-mile deep tunnels in SoMa is set to start in the first quarter of 2013 and will last approximately four years,” according to Construction Manager Mark Benson.
When the Tunnel Boring Machines, which are specifically built for each tunneling job, arrive in San Francisco, construction can begin on tunnels in SoMa.
During construction the public will suffer inconveniences, such as delay to bus routes, but Central Subway has set up helpful programs to aid commuters.
“The Central Subway Project has an extensive public Outreach/communications Plan that is used to inform the public, such as community, residential buildings, tenants, businesses, of all construction activities and the overall project,” said External Affairs Manager for the Central Subway Project Brajah Norris.
Also part of the plan is to utilize social media as a way to give commuters and general public updates of how the Central Subway Project is going. Central Subway has set up YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts used to communicate to the public, as well as providing local public outreach through community based organizations to their respective regions, for example the Chinatown Community Development Center.
Some of these tasks include; multiple public notices, regular community briefings to community based organizations, home owners associations and business associations, he said.
For pedestrians, contractors are required to build and maintain walkways in all areas of construction. Large electronic street signs posted in intersections advising drivers of detours will guide the vehicular traffic. Central Subway has hired traffic control officers and flaggers to guide passengers and post information on the website and blog as well.
For bus riders Central Subway have an outreach program for the reroutes of the 30 Stockton, 45 Union and 8 & 8X lines which begin two to three months prior to rerouting. This plan includes posting signage, blogging and tweeting reroute maps and stops. SFMTA will also start hiring Ambassadors to guide people during the week when the new route begins.
Under the Uniform Act, a federal law that establishes minimum standards for federally funded programs and projects that require the acquisition of real estate, these standards can displace persons from their homes, businesses, or farms. The Uniform Act’s protections and assistance apply to the acquisition, rehabilitation, or demolition of real property for federally funded projects.
“The three businesses being relocated in the SoMa area will be fairly compensated according to their market value under the guidelines of the federal relocation Act” said Norris.
According to Benson, Central Subway doesn’t expect their construction to continually effect the city’s commuters, including Bart passengers.
Below is an interactive map with a route of the future subway line.
*All figures given are estimates