Well, well, well. Who woulda thunk it — the huge Central Subway project intended to serve the Warriors’ new arena is significantly behind schedule and over budget.
According to the main contractor working on the project, work won’t be completed until 2021, more than a year later than the city’s estimate. While this is not necessarily the final line that will serve Warriors games, it is indicative of general project slowdowns that could easily spill over into Warriors fans’ experience when the new stadium opens.
Tutor Perini, says those delays have added 15 months or so to the job, and that testing by another contractor once construction is finished will also take longer than planned.
If the firm is right, the first Metro trains won’t be running up to Chinatown until spring 2021 — well after both December 2018, which is what the city advertised when construction began six years ago, and the most recent target of late 2019.
That most recent target (late 2018) corresponds closely to the Warriors slated opening of the new arena in time for the 2019-2020 season, but the extension to the arena isn’t expected to come for at least a year or two...and that was prior to these new delays.
When the Golden State Warriors move into their new Chase Center in San Francisco, getting there is not going to be half the fun. This Central Subway project is a key element of the city and team’s plan to help alleviate the hassle of getting into and out of the arena.
When they first approved the project, it was contingent on a $60 million transportation fund that will be built on the back of fans via ticketing fees. However, for the first season or two, the central subway isn’t planned to be up and running completely - and it will be another couple of years before a dedicated extension will serve the arena. Fans will instead rely on feeder shuttle buses to get them from public transit to the game - or they can walk, all while paying extra transit fees for these future improvements.
For now, this just looks like a temporary and relatively minor delay, but these things tend to spiral. It remains to be seen how much of the team’s soul will be able to make the move to the new arena - just like it remains to be seen when exactly all the transit options for this new stadium will be fully in place. Regardless of whenever it does open, getting in and out of there is going to be rough for at least a couple of years - one way or another.