BART in western San Francisco? The dream inches closer to reality

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Photo by BART via Streetsblog SF

What’s on your BART wish list? Late-night trains? Half-check. A second Transbay Tube? Extension to the western neighborhoods of San Francisco? Embryonic checks. Flying BART cars? Wake up! You’re dreaming.

Streetsblog SF reports that BART plans to study the effects of adding a second Transbay Tube and service to the other half of the city.

Ellen Smith, BART’s acting manager for strategic and policy planning, recently told a SF County Transportation Authority Board committee (comprised of SF supervisors) that regional transportation agencies plan to fund a study of a subway connecting the South of Market area to Alameda, with a possible extension west underneath the Market Street subway, towards the Richmond and Sunset Districts.

OMG! But don’t get yer hopes up for this new-look BART system to happen anytime soon. “‘We could be talking decades,’ Smith said. Building a new underwater tube is ‘clearly a massive investment and undertaking, technically, operationally, financially, and politically.'”

Read the whole post on Streetsblog SF. Then contemplate the effect this extension would have on the Mario BART map.

Previously: Visualizing BART to Marin (and Napa and Sonoma)

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