Saturday, March 26, 2011

F-Streetcar Could Reach Marina, Sea of Parking Lots

The extension would connect Fisherman's Wharf with The Marina District via an existing One-way tunnel, starting at Van Ness Avenue, that lies underneath Fort Mason
    The F-Historic Streetcar might make it's way to the Marina sooner than later.  With the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the extension, The National Park Service is overseeing the majority of the preliminary work, since most of the .85 mile extension from Jones Street to Fort Mason Center crosses federal land. The final construction and operation of the extension will be completed by MUNI.
   The Marina District has overgone many changes recently.  The restoration of the bay shore near Chrissy Field to a tidal marsh and the reconfigured Doyle Drive project which will open The Presidio to the Bay, have reinvigorated the entire atmosphere of the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, due to the substandard soils that underpin The Marina and resistance to development by locals, population densities remain low.
Sea of parking lots at proposed western terminus
    Although the Fort Mason Center houses many culturally and historically significant uses, the area adjacent to the future western terminus of the F-train is littered with endless parking lots, outdated and oddly designed bicycle facilities, and a confusing pedestrian layout.   Extension of the F-train to this transit-starved neighborhood will give District 2 leaders a fresh opportunity for transit-oriented development (TOD), and is a critical step in making The Marina District a model for sustainable urban redevelopment.

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