San Francisco Metro Line, Central Subway project

Name of Project:

San Francisco metro line, Central Subway project


City and County San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Total value:
240 million

The project involved the underground extension of the current surface metro line which passes through the centre of San Francisco.

The plan for this part of the project was to drill two parallel 2.6-kilometre tunnels for the passage of subway trains, as well as four stations at a cost of $1.6 billion. Of that total, $241 million was awarded to the Italian group Salini Impregilo, its U.S. unit S.A. Healy and partner Barnard C.C.I. Salini Impregilo did the two tunnels, the preliminary work for the future stations, the entry ramp and the extraction well for the tunnel-boring machine (TBM). Apart from the technical difficulties in drilling two tunnels across the centre of a city like San Francisco, another challenge was conducting in a transparent way a dialogue with local residents and taking into consideration the various interests in the area.

Awards: Award of Merit 2015 from Engineering-News Record, an industry publication; The Outstanding Transportation Project 2015 award given by the local section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

1 TBM launch shaft, excavated using the cut & cover method, 130 m x 15 m x 12 m
1 TBM extraction shaft
Consolidation and compensation works along the line
5 emergency cross passages
Cornerstone retaining walls for the 2 future stations (subject of another contract)
Completion works for the associated connecting structures (launch shaft for cutters)
1 final service shaft approximately 12 m in diameter
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The Central Subway project gets the city's residents involved

Last update: 14/06/2016