House bill might kill S.F. Central Subway funds 

A $942 million federal grant for the Central Subway project could face roadblocks this summer from a congressional amendment that would ban funding for the plan.

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, crafted the amendment back in February to tack on to the now-abandoned House transportation bill. The amendment, which would specifically prohibit any federal funds for the Central Subway, will likely be introduced this summer, when the House appropriations committee begins discussions on earmarked projects.

“This project is so outrageous,” McClintock said. “It astonishes me that it has made it to this point.”

McClintock wouldn’t predict the success of his amendment, but he said part of his goal was to shame the Federal Transit Administration into pulling funding for the project.

“The McClintock bill has yet to be introduced, so any comment would be speculative at this point,” said Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is running the project. “Regardless, we expect to receive the full funding grant agreement later this year.”

The $1.6 billion Central Subway will extend Muni’s underground Metro service 1.6 miles, connecting it from the South of Market district to Chinatown.

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