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Transbay Transit Center

Conceived as the “Grand Central Terminal” of the West, the Salesforce Transbay Transit Center first opened to the public and to transit operators in August of 2018. It subsequently closed for nine months to allow the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) to inspect and repair damaged girders, and reopened in July of 2019.

Rendering of Transbay Transit Center

The Salesforce Transit Center officially opened with a weekend of festivities in August 2018, but closed temporarily in October of 2018 when flaws were discovered in two key beams supporting the bus deck and the rooftop garden. The first phase of the facility features features:

  • A third-floor bus deck
  • Ground floor and concourse level retail space (still in progress as of February 2020)
  • Two below-grade levels to eventually serve Caltrain and the California High-Speed Rail system
  • A 5.4-acre rooftop park

Phase 2 of the 1 million square foot project will include construction of the Downtown Rail Extension to be used by Caltrain and High-Speed Rail trains. The Phase 2 construction schedule will depend on availability of full funding for the project.

Initially the new transit hub will be served by:

  • AC Transit
  • Amtrak
  • BART
  • Golden Gate Transit
  • Greyhound
  • San Francisco Muni
  • SamTrans
  • WestCAT

Development of the project is overseen by the six-member Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which includes representatives from:

  • San Francisco Mayor’s Office
  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Muni
  • AC Transit
  • Caltrain
  • California Department of Transportation

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MTC provided more than $300 million for the $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center project.

Other funding partners include:

  • San Francisco County Transportation Authority
  • San Mateo County Transportation Authority
  • California Department of Transportation
  • Federal Railroad Administration
  • Federal Highway Administration

Design highlights of the LEED-certified Transbay Transit Center project include:

  • City Park, a 5.4-acre rooftop public park. The 1,400-foot-long elevated linear park includes a variety of activities and amenities, including an open air amphitheater, gardens, trails, open grass areas, children’s play space, restaurant and café
  • Grand Hall, a ground-level floor with an open air main entrance off Mission Street which includes an information center, ticket kiosks, automated ticketing and the main escalators
  • Light Column to allow natural daylight into the Transit Center
  • Pedestrian bridges to connect the Transit Center’s rooftop park to surrounding development