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Temporary Transbay Terminal opens Aug. 7

Kevin Hume
SF Public Press
 — Jul 22 2010 - 3:57pm

Demolition of the existing Transbay Terminal will begin next month with the opening of a temporary facility, shifting the daily commute of thousands of Bay Area residents a block to the southeast.

A new $1.2 billion terminal is slated to open in 2017 at the current location at First and Mission streets.

Demolition will begin on Aug. 14 with the removal of ramps coming from the Bay Bridge that connect buses to the old terminal but are currently in the way of the temporary terminal. The remaining demolition operations will be spaced out over the next four months.

The current terminal will close on Aug. 6, with the temporary terminal beginning the next day. The temporary terminal will be an open-air facility between Howard and Folsom streets west of Main Street.

The new terminal will house an array of Bay Area mass-transit lines, including a new underground extension for Caltrain and the northern terminus of the future California high-speed rail project.

In addition to the five-story terminal, the construction project will include seven residential high-rise buildings, two public parks and retail and meeting space.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority will hold two community meetings to discuss its demolition plans on July 26, at noon and 6 p.m. The meetings will be held at 201 Mission St. on the 21st floor. For more information visit transbaycenter.org.