Temporary transit terminal expected to open in late spring

Bus passengers who embark and disembark at the Transbay Transit Center are expected to begin using a temporary new bus terminal by late spring.

The temporary terminal, between Howard and Folsom street and Main and Beale streets, will operate until at least late 2015.

While the temporary terminal is in use, the permanent transit center at First and Mission streets will be demolished and replaced.
Construction of the temporary terminal is “pretty much almost completed,” Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Maria Ayerdi said during a recent directors hearing.

But demolition of the existing terminal has been delayed because federal officials have not yet ruled on whether $400 million in federal stimulus funds will be awarded to the project to allow a train station to be built beneath the terminal, according to Ayerdi.

That has delayed the opening of the temporary terminal because the existing terminal will continue to be used until it is torn down.

Rail does not presently reach the site, but local officials are hopeful that rail will eventually be extended from Fourth and King streets to the Transbay Transit Center for Caltrain and bullet trains.

The joint powers authority is continuing with design efforts in an effort to minimize the impacts of the demolition and construction delays, according to Ayerdi.

The authority is currently working with the San Francisco Police Department to discuss security needs and police space requirements at the new center, according to Ayerdi.

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