Take a Tour of the New $2.2B Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood has sprouted all kinds of new buildings in recent years and on August 12, it unveiled its crown jewel, the Salesforce Transit Center.
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Riya Bhattacharjee
The new space features a rooftop park, retail space and a bus deck launching passengers straight into the East Bay. However, no trains yet.
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"It’s the center that will take us into the future, and that’s what we would like to see," said Mohammed Nuru, chair of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. "And when you’re coming to San Francisco, you should be able to get to any center that you want to use that center."n"Eventually, we hope that by 2028, 2030, that the trains will be functioning and this will be regional hub for the city and for transportation," Nuru said.
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Riya Bhattacharjee
"This represents San Francisco at our best. It represents our commitment to transportation, our commitment to environmental sustainability and community develop," San Francisco Mayor London Breed said.
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Chris Jewitt
Stretching four city blocks, the $2.26 billion four-story transit center boasts pop-up retail shops, art displays, shopping, dining and a 5.4-acre rooftop public park.
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Chris Jewitt
"This is a representation of what can happen when people work together; public, private, nonprofit, community," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said.
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Riya Bhattacharjee
The next phase of construction, the $4 billion Downtown Extension Project, will connect 1.3 miles of underground rail between the center and the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets. That project is expected to be completed in 2028.
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Riya Bhattacharjee
The center is serving buses with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, Greyhound, San Mateo County Transit District and Western Contra Costa Transit Authority. Buses with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency already started service at the outside bus plaza in June.
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Riya Bhattacharjee
Pop-up stores include San Francisco's Gourmonade stand.
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Riya Bhattacharjee
During construction of the terminal, workers discovered remains of a mammoth.
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Check out the view at night!
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