Still no date for reopening of San Francisco's transit center

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SAN FRANCISCO — Officials say they are unable to provide a date for reopening the $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center, the bus terminal with a rooftop park that opened in August but shut down just six weeks later because of cracks in support beams.

The facility, also known as the Salesforce Transit Center, will eventually be the San Francisco terminal for the California High Speed Rail system.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a meeting of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which built and operates the terminal, was told Thursday that engineers must await results of tests — particularly those in which pieces of metal are cut out of the beams in question — before determining a plan for repair. Mark Zabaneh, executive director of the authority, said the engineers are working on several repair options while they await those results.

The two cracked beams were discovered Sept. 25, forcing the closure of the facility, its park, and Fremont Street, which runs under the terminal. [See “Future home of CAHSR closed following discovery of cracked beam,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 26, 2018.] Fremont Street, which was originally projected to reopen today, is now scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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