The $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center had barely cracked the six-week mark of being open when cracks in its steel beams forced the late September closure of the shiny, new public transportation facility. While the Transbay Joint Power Authority (TJPA) originally thought the transit center would only be closed for a week, that week has turned into months.
“The work progressing over the next month will help determine the eventual scope and schedule of the repair,” Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) spokesperson Randy Rentschler tells the Chronicle’s Matier & Ross.
The six-month figure comes from a different transportation commission called the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). The San Francisco Examiner obtained a memo last week wherein an SFCTA deputy director wrote that he anticipated the repairs would be completed “by May 2019,” or about six months from now.
When asked about that six-month estimate, the MTC’s Rentschler said “It’s simply too early to speculate.” The Examiner reports that while investigators think they’ve found a “probable cause” of the cracks, they’re still not sure.
We can joke over how a facility so expensive got shut down right after its opening, but transit authorities are erring on the side of caution to keep the public safe. Keeping the center closed is the right call, but finding a fix for the steel beams remains a tough nut to crack.