Transbay Transit Center Finally Safe For Public, Experts Say

After eight months of patching cracked steel beams, the SoMa transit hub will reopen on July 1.

Construction workers walk down the row of AC Transit bus bays at the bus deck level of the new Salesforce Transit Center on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. (Photo by Kevin N. Hume)

Unless more surprise structural safety issues are discovered last minute, the Salesforce Transit Center will reopen on Monday, July 1.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) announced on Tuesday that the $2.2 billion transportation center was once again safe for the public, and would reopen in a couple weeks. It initially opened to great fanfare in August 2018, with hundreds of people lining up to experience the rooftop garden in the first week. But serious cracks in supportive steel beams were discovered only six weeks later.

“We are pleased to welcome the public back to the transit center and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this temporary closure has caused,” said Mohammed Nuru, who chairs TJPA’s Board of Directors. “We can now reopen this critical piece of our transportation network and important source of open space to commuters, the neighborhood and the entire region.”

An independent panel of engineers and experts notified San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf this week that the structure was, once again, safe for the public. Though the reopen time for both the three-block-long transbay transit center and rooftop park between Second and Beale Streets along Mission Street is set for July 1 at 6 a.m., regional transportation agencies don’t have an exact date of when they will return.

Muni and Golden Gate Transit will have bus service on the street level in early July but Greyhound, Westcat, and AC Transit’s 26 bus lines won’t return to the bus deck until late summer. Food trucks, public art installations, Salesforce Park, and the Grand Hall will open on July 1 as well.

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