When the projected cost for the first phase of San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center rose from $1.6 billion to $1.9 billion last year, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) diverted a portion of the funds which had been dedicated to the second phase of the project (the extension of track for Caltrain and High Speed Rail from Fourth and King to the Transbay Center at First and Mission) and changed the skin of the terminal from glass to perforated aluminum.
With the projected costs for constructing the terminal having increased by another $150 million, the TJPA has stripped $53 million in “cosmetics” from the building to help keep a lid on the overall $1.9 billion budget. From the Chronicle with respect to the latest round of building changes:
For one, the terminal’s walls and beams will be “more bare bones” – rather than flecked with glass fibers to given them a more finished look.
The bus deck will also be bare concrete, and the ceiling design will use cheaper materials.
Fixtures that were supposed to be made of stainless steel will now be galvanized, painted steel.
Also noted, private donors and sponsors will be sought to help pay for a number of rooftop park features.
The construction of San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2017.