Transit Authority Shores Up Plan to Fix Cracked Beams

At least two beams above Fremont Street have fissures, causing the closure of the $2.2 billion brand-new Salesforce Transit Center.

Two cracks found in the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center has sent crews scrambling to design and install a system to fix the issue.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) on Thursday assured that crews are working day and night to test more steel beams for structural damage, finding none. After the Chronicle first reported the first fissure on Tuesday, buses were diverted back to the temporary transit center before rush hour.

On Wednesday, a second fissure was also found above Fremont Street. The new transit center is expected to remain a traveler’s ghost town until next week while crews assess further damage by removing ceiling panels and moving light fixtures.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority identified a second fissure found in a beam at the Salesforce Transit Center

Fremont between Mission and Howard streets will be off-limits until Oct. 5, the Examiner reported. A shoring system is being designed and could be installed this weekend to correct the structural issues found near Fremont Street.

“We are working expeditiously to address these repairs so that we can reopen Fremont Street and the transit center, but our work will be thorough and rigorous,” said Mark Zabaneh, TJPA executive director. “Safety remains our top priority.” 

The transit center opened to great fanfare just last month after almost 20 years in the works. The cracks were found right as Dreamforce began, worsening traffic more than anticipated.

Mayor London Breed visited the center on Wednesday, calling for a “thorough and transparent investigation” of the ordeal.

“The Transbay Transit Center is too important for our City and our regional transportation system not to act quickly to have definitive answers for the public, and someone needs to be held accountable once the cause is determined,” Breed said in a statement.

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