A tipster forwards a response from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority in response to an inquiry concerning the “disgusting bus ramps” that currently seem to define the Transbay area.
The new Transbay Transit Center, when completed, will include one elevated ramp coming in on the west side of the building, for the buses coming and going from the Bay Bridge. The east loop ramp will be eliminated, freeing up this land for development.
While the current ramps were designed for rail, the new ramp will be designed for buses only and will be taller, slender and less obtrusive, allowing for more natural light in the area.
In fact, the new Transbay Transit Center is just one piece of an ambitious plan to replace the “outmoded” Transbay Terminal, to extend Caltrain service from Fourth and King Streets into the new Transbay Transit Center at 1st and Mission, and to create “a new transit-friendly neighborhood with 3,400 new homes (35% of which will be affordable), and mixed use commercial development.” Keep in mind that the Transbay timeline calls for construction to commence in 2008 with a target opening of the Transit Center in 2014 and an operational Caltrain extension by 2018.
And while interesting, we have to admit that the actual Transbay Redevelopment Plan didn’t make for the most exciting reading. On the other hand, we did quite enjoy perusing the Design for Development that “establishes [a] conceptual frameworks for land use, urban form, street and public spaces in the Project Area…”. Our favorite part: the series of “Undesirable versus Desirable” examples of urban planning.