The Transbay Joint Powers Authority’s (TJPA) Salesforce Transit Center and public rooftop park reopened on Monday with San Francisco Muni and Golden Gate Transit providing bus service from the street level bus plaza. AC Transit’s 26 Transbay bus lines, Greyhound, and Westcat Lynx anticipate service from the bus deck to resume in late summer 2019, following operator training and rider notice.
The transit center was temporarily closed last September as a precaution after fissures were found in two beams on the third level Bus Deck at Fremont Street. Since then, the TJPA has determined the cause of the fissures, repaired and reinforced the area, conducted an exhaustive review of the facility, completed a facility-wide fire and life safety reinspection program with city and state oversight, and recommissioned the entire facility.
In October 2018, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf also asked the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to provide independent oversight and a review of the repairs, reinforcement, and the structural steel at the transit center. Following the eight-month independent peer review, the MTC’s panel concluded the issue was localized to the Fremont Street location.
The transit center replaced the Transbay Terminal with a modern, regional transportation hub connecting transit systems throughout the Bay Area. It includes a 5.4-acre rooftop public park with free year-round events and activities, a public art program, and shopping and dining. At more than one million square feet, the center stretches four blocks with four stories above ground and two stories below.