San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority (SFMTA) Central Subway Stations
San Francisco, CA
Design Consulting Project

SFMTA is the city’s mobility manager, responsible for the operation of the entire surface transportation network of San Francisco. This includes planning, bicycle integration and implementation, public transit, traffic engineering and parking, as well as regulation of the taxi industry.

Challenge
SFMTA is charged with oversight of the design and construction of the new Central Subway project, a $1.6 billion project that will extend the Third Street Light Rail line 1.7 miles into the city’s most densely developed areas – the Financial District and Chinatown. The project will include three new light rail stations, and is expected to be completed in 2019.

As with any public works project, cost is a major concern. SFMTA is responsible for delivering the most cost-effective design possible, while meeting all code requirements. Since these new stations would be the first in San Francisco to be equipped with firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS), SFMTA has no context for budget or design of this important life safety feature.

Solution
SFMTA came to RescueAir in 2012 for design consulting on FARS for the three new stations. SFMTA wanted to make sure the FARS system in each station was fully spec’d, cost-effective, and could be seamlessly integrated into the design of the stations.

Results
RescueAir assisted in the development of the design documents for all three stations.  The designs provide the most cost-effective systems possible, they meet all applicable codes, and they have no negative impact on station design or functionality.