Fix of San Francisco’s Fractured Transit Center Nearly CompleteMay 9, 2019
The repair and remediation of the fractured beams that resulted in the emergency closure of San Francisco’s new Salesforce Transit Center has been completed ahead of schedule and all temporary shoring has been removed.
In addition, the installation of an all-new pathway atop the transit center’s roof, replacing the original decomposed granite, which was continuing to decompose, with a concrete pour, will soon commence.
And while an official re-opening date for the transit center has yet to be released by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), a comprehensive inspection of the entire structure has yet to raise any new red flags or concerns. And as such, the Salesforce Transit Center and its rooftop park could potentially re-open in June, as we first reported last month.
Comments from Plugged-In Readers
They’re already replacing – not sure if it’s “have to” or “chooses to” – the walkway? And with something that sounds (even) heavier? (Tho that of course may be misleading…maybe it retains less water and is actually lighter, or such).
May be just routine, but, suffice it to say, when you’re batting average thus far (delays, cost overruns, Millennium controversy, etc.) makes Mario Mendoza look good, it’s hard to build confidence.
The original path was literally falling apart.
And even if a concrete path is heavier, it makes no difference. The Weight of the path relative to the total weight of the entire structure is a tiny fraction of a drop in the bucket.
I liked the old crumbling look. Does everything need to smooth and shiny?
Crumbling is kind of a pain for folks in wheelchairs or using walkers.
FINALLY! A San Francisco transit project that finishes ahead of schedule!
Is there ANY transit project in ANY European or American city that comes in on budget or ahead of schedule?
And the bill goes to…
I’m wondering if it would make sense to just start running the buses again before patching up all the cosmetic stuff, so that after a month or two it is easy to check for any more cracks. It seems to me that the ONLY reason this was caught in the first place was due to the terminal not being fully finished but had to open to buses on schedule, allowing workers who were finishing up cosmetic work to notice the cracks in the beams.
But a fix for HSR’s fractured financing system just got harder. All dressed up, but no one accepted the party invite.
[Editor’s Note: Which shouldn’t come as any surprise.]
UPDATE: San Francisco’s Transit Center Will Reopen on July 1
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