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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A couple of travlers walk down one of the terminal's old staircases.
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An old jail cell where C.H.P. used to place detainees.
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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.
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.
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A tour guide displays a picture from the terminal's glory days.
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A Muni bus passes through the terminal to pick up passengers. The terminal originally housed trains and railcars which extended across the Bay Bridge.
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A pair of travelers study a transit schedule inside the Transbay Terminal.
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Visitors in the terminal watch a movie on the Transbay Terminal inside the old terminal diner.
A sign inside the terminal ticket office gives a final message to travelers. The terminal will shut for good on August 7th.
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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.
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Travelers descend the old stairs inside the terminal.
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A view of the Transbay Terminal from Mission Street. The terminal will close for good August 7th.
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