Ruling delayed on stimulus application for new train station

Construction of a new Transbay Transit Center could be delayed, after the federal government announced it would not announce before winter whether $400 million in stimulus funds will be provided to build a train station beneath the site.

Transbay Joint Powers Authority directors voted in June to delay completion of a new transit center at First and Mission streets until late 2015. The decision was made based on the hope that the Federal Railroad Administration would provide $400 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds needed to add an underground train station into the project’s design.

In June, a ruling on the $400 million was expected to have been issued by early October. But the FRA announced on Tuesday that the decision would be delayed until winter.

The delay in the ruling could delay reconstruction of the transit center, according to project spokesman Adam Alberti.

“We need those funds to be committed to begin construction,” Alberti said. “The longer they take, the longer we have to worry about managing our program.”

Demolition of the existing transit center had been expected to begin early next year, after a nearby temporary transit center is up-and-running.

The delay in the $400 million funding announcement was the result of an overwhelming number of applications for high speed rail stimulus funds, Administrator Joseph Szabo said in a statement.

“These include 45 applications from 24 states totaling approximately $50 billion to advance high-speed rail corridor programs,” Szabo said in the statement. “We also received 214 applications from 34 states totaling $7 billion for corridor planning and smaller projects.”

Local transit officials hope to eventually secure $2 billion to extend a rail line from Fourth and King streets to the rebuilt Transbay Transit Center for Caltrain and bullet trains, which are expected to reach San Francisco by 2020.

If the $400 million is not provided for the $1.6 billion bus and train station, then the new transit center is planned to be built as a $1.2 billion bus stop. It would cost an estimated $500 million to excavate and build an underground train station beneath the site after the bus terminal has begun operating.

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The City is seeking to enhance health care for San Francisco International Airport workers, which include more than 100 who have tested positive for COVID-19. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Airlines, business groups fight new health insurance requirements for SFO workers

Heathy Airport Ordinance would require companies to offer family coverage or increase contributions

The Hall of Justice building at 850 Bryant St. is notorious for sewage leaks and is known to be seismically unsafe. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFPD speeding up Hall of Justice exit after another ‘large leak’

San Francisco police can’t get out of the decrepit Hall of Justice… Continue reading

The Telegraph Quartet is pictured during its SF Music Day 2020 recording session at the striking, beautifully lit and almost empty Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy Marcus Phillips)
SF Music Day goes virtual with Herbst broadcast

Performers pre-record sets in empty, iconic theater

Dr. Vincent Matthews, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, said Tuesday that student would not be back in school before the end of this calendar year. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Superintendent: City schools will not reopen before the end of the year

San Francisco public schools won’t reopen to students for the rest of… Continue reading

The admissions process at the academically competitive Lowell High School is set to change this year due to coronavirus restritions. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lowell’s selective admissions process put on hold this year — and more changes may be in the works

School board votes unanimously to use normal student assignment lottery for competitive school

Most Read