May 13, 2010

Temporary Transbay Terminal Watch (And Pool?)

Temporary Transbay Terminal (

San Francisco’s Temporary Transbay Terminal has five weeks to open before its "Opening Spring 2010" signs (which replaced its "Opening Fall 2009" signs) will need to be changed to "Opening Summer 2010."

The timeline for the opening of the Transit Center is later than earlier projections. This is not a result of delays in the construction of the Temporary Terminal, but is driven by the pursuit of federal stimulus funding for the underground train box for the Transbay Transit Center.
Because the inclusion of the train box will affect the first elements of construction and it is not necessary to activate the Temporary Terminal until we are ready to begin construction of the Transit Center, the schedule for opening the Temporary Terminal has been extended pending the FRA's stimulus funding decision. Once the decisions are made and Transit Center construction plans can be firmed up, TJPA will be able to set a move-in date for the Temporary Terminal.

While the train box question has since been answered, and the Transit Center start has been slated for August or September, we’re still waiting for that move-in date with respect to the Temporary Terminal. Perhaps we’ll start a pool.

And San Francisco's Transbay Joint Powers Authority Rolls…A Seven! [SocketSite]
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First Published: May 13, 2010 11:30 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

I said it before, and I'll say it again: those shelter roofs are too high up to be of any use. They won't block the rain if there's even a breath of wind, and for the high usage time of day (evening rush hour), they won't block the sun. What were they thinking?

Posted by: Delancey at May 13, 2010 8:33 PM

I am stumped by this "solution" and agree with Delancey. What climate and conditions did the designers think this location would have?

Posted by: Morgan at May 14, 2010 5:35 AM

I'm the Junior architect who was responsible for the design of the canopies.

Although you are correct that the design does not address the needs of commuters at all, we were instructed to focus on the needs of the homeless and to ignore the needs of the commuters, when designing the terminal.

You would do better to stop thinking about how to help productive members of San Francisco when commenting on public design elements and focus instead on how we can further direct resources to assist the alcoholics and drug abusers in the City, and to make it more comfortable for them to continue their chosen lifestyle.

You'll find that line of thinking much less frustrating. However, you'll be happy to know that at my architecture firm, we all had a great chuckle at your out-of-touch notions of actually helping taxpaying citizens in SF.

Posted by: tipster (not really the junior architect) at May 14, 2010 9:29 AM

One might also note that TTT for Temporary Transbay Terminal is also frequently used as an abbreviation for Third-Tier Trash.

Posted by: JimBobJones at May 14, 2010 10:03 AM

The photo clearly shows shade underneath the canopies. Maybe it might work to make fun of how these evoke the look of the Millbrae intermodal station?

Posted by: Mole Man at May 14, 2010 10:56 AM

are you kidding? why should our tax dollars go towards making it comfortable for homeless people to live at the TTT? They urinate, deficate and litter. Have you walked underneath the overpass near the Millennium on Beale? Our tax dollars should go to providing shelter, food and mental services, NOT ugly, useless overhangs which do nothing other than prevent a sunburn. What a joke.

Posted by: angry at May 14, 2010 5:13 PM

Angry, let me introduce you to sarcasm. Tipster is a fan.

Posted by: huh? at May 14, 2010 5:15 PM


Posted by: Walsh92663 at May 14, 2010 8:24 PM

When does knockdown of the old one commence??? Walking underneath there is great for my sinuses but less so for my shoes. The barricades have been aligned to "prevent" camping/sleeping for sometime, therefore I was hoping the demolition would begin soon....

Posted by: JB at May 17, 2010 12:52 PM

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