Nearly two decades later, the Salesforce Transit Center opened in San Francisco to connect thousands of residents of the Bay Area with the city center.
On Saturday, crowds were waiting in line to see the brand new traffic hub in the heart of the city. In fact, too many people appeared and the organizers of the opening ceremony had to restrict access for security reasons.
Access to the new Transbay terminal entrances has been interrupted for at least 20 minutes due to the number of persons.
San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency staff manage capacity, according to a spokesperson. If an area exceeds capacity, officials stop entering until someone leaves.
On Friday, several city and state officials banded members of the Transit Joint Powers Authority and celebrated the opening of the spacious and modern center.
"This represents San Francisco at its best. It represents our commitment to transportation, developing our commitment to environmental sustainability and community," said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
"Our city is growing with jobs and people, and we have to do a better job of moving everyone in this region, and this transit center will do just that Transit Center goes well beyond a transportation hub." It's a thriving place of economic opportunity ", she said.
It extended four city blocks, the $ 2.26 billion four-storey transit center. There are pop-up stores, art exhibits, shopping, restaurants and a 5.4-acre rooftop public park.
"This is an account of what can happen when people work together – public, private, charitable, community," said Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco.
Pelosi also confirmed the late Mayor Ed Lee for his contribution to the creation of the transit center.
"It's about improving the quality of life, improving air quality, it's about the good health of our children, it's about the time we save, "she said. 19659016] In the new Salesforce Transit Center, a very expensive bus station. #socrowded #SanFrancisco @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/QmyEZU1gBY
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The event was on Friday Part of the culmination of the first phase of a larger project, which was to connect the two floors under transit to Caltrain and a future California High Speed Rail via subways.
"How ma Many of you remember, we were in the depths of a recession, and I still remember the day we had our groundbreaking ceremony when we brought the workers back to a construction site for the first time in years. said district 4 supervisor Jane Kim the groundbreaking work of the site, which took place in 2010.
"This was a huge project that should lead to success," she said. "I want to thank our residents for their immense patience in the many years that this neighborhood has literally been built around the clock for construction, and thank you for investing in this neighborhood to live and to live here to live patiently the noise, the night construction and all traffic. "
The next phase of construction, the $ 4 billion Downtown Extension Project, will feature a 1.3-kilometer subway rail link between the center and Caltrain Station Join Fourth and King Street. This project is expected to be completed in 2028.
The Salesforce Transit Center will hold a free block party today at 12:00 to celebrate its inauguration.
On Sunday, the center will service buses with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, Greyhound, San Mateo County Transit District and Western Contra Costa Transit Authority. Buses with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency have already served in the outer bus station in June.
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