A Farewell to the Transbay Terminal

San Francisco's Transbay Terminal will close Aug. 7, to make way for a $4 billion dollar sleek new terminal. Take a tour of the building before it goes away.

17 photos
1/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
An exterior view of the Transbay Terminal which opened in 1939, during the Depression. In its glory days the terminal saw 100,000 travelers pass through each day.
2/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
Original wooden benches fill the grand hall of the terminal. Long-time workers say people used to come to sit in the benches and eat lunch. These days, they're more commonly used by the homeless as beds.
3/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
The long-closed Cuddles bar was once a popular stopover for travelers on the go. The bar still looks as though one could belly-up for a drink.
4/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
The old shoeshine stand inside the terminal. Long-time Transbay Terminal employee Steve O'Brien said he remembers getting his shoes shine by an old Italian named Sammy. O'Brien said the shine was a quarter. "Gave them a heckuva good shine," O'Brien remembered.
5/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
Steve O'Brien started working at the terminal in June of 1958. He ended-up working there for 51 years. He said he's a bit nostalgic for the glory days of the terminal. As far as its pending demolition: "I kind of hate to see it but i guess that's what they call progress," he said.
6/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
A couple of travlers walk down one of the terminal's old staircases.
7/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
An old jail cell where C.H.P. used to place detainees.
8/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
Crowds of people turn out for tours inside the terminal. Caltrans wanted to give people a last chance to look around. One Caltrans official said he expected about 10 people to show up. Instead, hundreds turned out for a last look around.
9/17
NBC BAY AREA
A traveler walks by a Muni bus parked outside the terminal. On August 7th, all bus traffic will move to a temporary terminal at Howard and Main Streets.
10/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
A tour guide displays a picture from the terminal's glory days.
11/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
A Muni bus passes through the terminal to pick up passengers. The terminal originally housed trains and railcars which extended across the Bay Bridge.
12/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
A pair of travelers study a transit schedule inside the Transbay Terminal.
13/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
Visitors in the terminal watch a movie on the Transbay Terminal inside the old terminal diner.
14/17
A sign inside the terminal ticket office gives a final message to travelers. The terminal will shut for good on August 7th.
15/17
Joe Rosato Jr.
A view of the old wooden benches inside the Transbay Terminal. Caltrans hopes to save some of the artifacts in the old terminal, to display in the new one.
16/17
Joe Rosato jr.
Travelers descend the old stairs inside the terminal.
17/17
Joe Rosato jr.
A view of the Transbay Terminal from Mission Street. The terminal will close for good August 7th.
Contact Us