San Francisco transit center to remain closed another week following discovery of second cracked beam

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SAN FRANCISCO – The future home of California's high speed rail system will be closed for another week following the discovery of a second cracked steel beam in the structure, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Workers spotted the first crack Tuesday afternoon, which led the closure of the Salesforce Transit Center about 4:30 p.m.

“We will not open the transit center or Fremont Street until we are certain the issue is 100 percent rectified,” Mark Zabaneh, executive director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, tells the Chronicle.

The beams support a rooftop park, which has up to 6 feet of dirt beneath its surface.

The $2.2 billion facility is located between Mission and Howard streets and spans three city blocks. While it only sees bus service now, the building which opened less than two months ago, is expected to be the city's high speed rail terminal when that system begins operation.

To add rail to the facility will require a 1.3-mile extension from Caltrain's current terminal at Fourth and King streets, which would add both that agency's commuter trains and the state's new high speed rail system. The extension would be constructed below grade using cut-and-cover and mined tunneling methods underneath Townsend and Second streets.

Cloud computing company Salesforce, which has its headquarters in an adjacent office tower, purchased the naming rights to the transit center and park. Construction of the facility, which began in 2010, was managed by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.
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