SFMTA Central Subway Program to undergo comprehensive review

July 26, 2019
The project’s new director will lead the review of the project’s budget and schedule.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) new Central Subway Program director, Nadeem Tahir, will lead a comprehensive review of the project’s budget and schedule.  

The 1.7-mile project will connect the 4th Street Caltrain Station to Chinatown. SFMTA explains that the project will take longer to deliver, but that work to continue to the project will move underground and away from public view. The review is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete and will identify a revised start date for service, as well as evaluate the expected budget impacts of the delay.

“Like most major infrastructure projects, the Central Subway is incredibly complex. Accurately predicting a completion date is always a challenge, and there are always risks that can delay a project or add unanticipated costs,” SFMTA said in a blog post.

Tahir began his position at the agency on July 15 and comes to SFMTA with more than 35 years of experience planning, designing and managing the construction of large and complex rail transit projects both domestically and abroad.

SFMTA made assurances that its contractor, Tutor Perini, continues to work with the agency in a proactive manner.

“We are confident that they share our commitment to delivering a safe and reliable Central Subway that will serve residents of San Francisco for generations to come,” said SFMTA.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.