An entrance to the Powell Street BART and Muni Metro station in San Francisco was shut down today and will remain closed for about five years because of construction for the city’s Central Subway project, transit officials said.
The entrance at Stockton and Ellis streets, also known as the Apple Store entrance, closed early this morning to make way for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s project, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said.
The closure had initially been scheduled for last August, but was delayed after crews determined that it wasn’t yet necessary, Rose said.
As part of the project, expected to be completed in 2019, the Powell Street station entrance will be linked to an underground concourse and the future Union Square/Market Street Central Subway station, according to the SFMTA.
During the closure, signage at the Powell Street station will direct people to the nearest entrance at Fourth and Market streets.
The $1.6 billion Central Subway project will create a new branch of the agency’s T-Third light-rail line between the South of Market neighborhood and Chinatown.
It will start above ground near the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets, and will then drop underground, with subway stops at Yerba Buena/Moscone, Union Square/Market Street and Chinatown.
Updates on the project can be found at www.centralsubwaysf.com.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News