Temporary SoMa bus terminal expected to be used in May

Bus commuters who embark and disembark at the soon-to-be-demolished Transbay Transit Center could begin using a temporary terminal in May.

The temporary terminal will be used for several years while the Transbay Transit Center is demolished and rebuilt at the heart of a planned South of Market redevelopment project.

The temporary terminal was ready to be used late last year but it sits idle because of federal government delays in ruling on an application for $400 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced in late January that the $400 million would be provided to construct an underground train station at the site. The ruling was announced several months later than originally planned.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority, an intergovernmental agency overseeing the Transbay Transit Center rebuild project, must provide AC Transit and other transit operators with at least three months notice before their shifting bus services to the temporary terminal.

Bus services are expected to be moved to the temporary terminal in May, according to TJPA executive director Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan.

“We’ve hired a facility manager and we’re developing operating policies and procedures,” Ayerdi-Kaplan said Thursday during a TJPA board meeting.

The TJPA’s board is expected to be asked to approve an updated project schedule next month, according to Ayerdi-Kaplan.

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