Community Advisory Group

Central Subway Project Director John Funghi presenting at the August 2012 CAG meeting held at SPUR headquarters in SoMa

The purpose of the Central Subway Community Advisory Group (CAG) is to engage with the local community and to receive input and feedback at key milestones throughout the project. The CAG consists of representatives from neighborhoods along the entire Third Street Light Rail Project alignment: Visitation Valley, Bayview/Hunters Point, Mission Bay/Potrero Hill, South of Market, Downtown, Union Square and Chinatown. The diverse membership brings to the table citywide, neighborhood, environmental, transportation, commuter, historical and planning interests.

   

Upcoming CAG Meeting:

November 20, 2014

CS Project Office
821 Howard St.
2nd Floor

6:00 pm.

Members of the CAG (PDF) are recommended by Central Subway Project staff and forwarded to SFMTA Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin for appointment. If you are interested in participating in the Central Subway CAG, please forward a letter of interest and background information or a resume to Charles Chan (charles.chan@sfmta.com). Please also refer to the CAG Guidelines (PDF).

The CAG meets quarterly on the third Thursday of February, May, August and November. All meetings are open to the public and anyone who has an interest in the project is encouraged to attend.

American Sign Language interpretation and sound-enhancement systems or translations are available upon request 72 hours prior to each meeting.

For more information on CAG meetings or to receive an information packet, please provide your contact information in the form at the top right-hand side of this page.

The Central Subway would like to take a moment to introduce our newest CAG members:

Bruce Agid

As a board member and transportation representative for the South Beach/Rincon Hill/Mission Bay Neighborhood Association, I see my main role serving on this Community Advisory Group as providing a conduit to keep and maintain effective two-way communications between our community and the project. During the construction phase, it is critical to work together to ensure the neighborhood continues to flourish while this project is completed on time and within budget.

The Central Subway is one of the key transportation projects needed to meet the needs of our community/city today and at the same time, will support the creation of additional jobs, housing, and services to meet the needs of future residents, businesses and visitors. It will provide a critical North/South transportation gateway connecting Chinatown, our retail/downtown hub, convention facilities and medical facilities in Mission Bay with existing and planned residential/mixed use developments in our priority development areas (PDA’s); Central SOMA, Mission Bay, Dogpatch, Hunters Point, Bayview and Visitacion Valley. Not only providing quick and efficient service, but contributing to a reduction of greenhouse gases and easing traffic congestion. As a next phase, I hope to see the Central Subway extended to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf to complete this critical transportation corridor.
 
Amy Chung

For Chinatown, the Central Subway is the culmination of many years of struggle to try and compensate for the loss of the Central Freeway.  Since its demolition, local businesses have been bleeding out from lack of access.   Residents have become increasingly more isolated from the rest of the City.  I work in, own and manage several residential and mixed use properties just steps from the planned Chinatown Subway station. This is my world, and I bear witness to the loss of access and to the impacts of major construction in our midst.  I believe that the Central Subway will help restore some of the lost vitality, but I hope to assist in making that transition less painful.  We need to survive in order to enjoy the fruits of that struggle.

James Reilly

My name is James Reilly. I am a native San Franciscan and a resident of Russian Hill. I’ve been in the construction business, Angotti & Reilly Inc., since 1985 in San Francisco. In addition to my day job, I am a founding board member of Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), a nonprofit housing developer, and I chaired the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of the City Surplus Property Program.

My interest in San Francisco transportation is personal. My three sons all rode Muni to get back and forth from school and they continue to use it as adults. One of my sons, who went to Lowell High School, claims to have spent about a year of his life underground taking the M streetcar, though he might have been exaggerating a little. My wife, who is on the Board of Russian Hill Neighbors, walks to work at Fort Mason and often takes the 45 Union home. I, on the other hand, drive a lot due to my work and walk on the weekends. My family is a good representation of a lot of San Franciscan’s transportation experiences.

My immediate goal on the Committee is to be a conduit for neighborhood concerns and to use my construction experience to help explain some of the issues related to construction of the stations and tunnels.

My long term goal is to explore extending the Central Subway to Fisherman’s Wharf and to extend the historic streetcars to Fort Mason and the Presidio.

Ivor Bradley

My name is Ivor Bradley, and I have been selected to become a member of the CAG, for the Central Subway, which is a great honor.

As a business owner in SoMa for over 8 years, I have been a keen member of the business community, and have been involved in numerous fund raisers and charity events within our community, assisting residents and commuters with local issues that concern them.

The Central Subway is the most exciting project to happen in San Francisco for many years, and I am keen to be involved, in helping with discussions that may arise, and communicating with our local communities, and assisting with any concerns they may have.

I live in the Sunset district with my wife and 2 children, Michael 5 and Molly 7

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you,

Stephen Brett

The Central Subway project is the largest public transportation project to impact our City’s retail core, Union Square, since BART.

As a representative of property owners in the Union Square District, and a long-time board member of the Union Square Business Improvement District, I’m keenly interested in helping to mitigate the construction impacts on both retailers and visitors to our City.  I’m also very interested in the appearance and function of the new Union Square/Market subway station, and exploring ways to activate, enhance and protect the public spaces in and around the Central Subway, once complete.

Thank you for inviting me to join the Central Subway CAG.

Mike O’Connor

Serving as a member of the Central Subway Community Advisory Group will allow me to keep involved in this interesting and difficult construction project that is needed and will benefit the people of San Francisco. As a native of San Francisco and also a commuter to work in the downtown area of the city, I have spent most of my working life navigating through the congested streets of the lower Market area.
 
The Central Subway cross town project will take many buses off the city streets and allow commuters that use Bart or trains as well as local people to get to their destination. Having worked on a prebid estimate for the Central Subway Tunnel project before award, I realized that this would be an interesting and challenging construction project.  I am pleased to be asked to serve as a CAG member on this project.

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