The Transbay Terminal’s roots run deep within the region. In 1939, the terminal was built to facilitate rail travel across the Bay Bridge and connect San Francisco with the East Bay and the State Capitol, Sacramento. The terminal was later converted to a bus-only facility and has served as a symbol of connectivity in the region, transporting passengers between San Francisco and various bay area communities.
[People walking in the new transbay transit center] Today, the City is poised to build on the Terminal’s history and reconnect the region and its transit systems, exemplifying the new livability initiative. With the support of over $20 million from both the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration, a new modern multi-modal transit center that will once again serve rail and accommodate nine transportation systems under one roof is underway. In addition to the transportation resources, the proposed new station will help create a new transit-oriented neighborhood with 2,600 new homes in the surrounding 40-acre area of downtown San Francisco. The result will be a cohesive transportation network that provides the region with ready access to world-class transit operations and brings new economic benefits that will reinforce the region as the center of connectivity and commerce in the West.
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The Transbay Transit Center program will remove more than 8,000 daily auto trips from the Peninsula Corridor roadways, reducing traffic congestion on Highway 101 and I-280. More than 28,000 jobs will be created through the operations of the transit center, the Downtown Rail Extension, and the Redevelopment Area. This includes transit center employees, new transit rider jobs, and jobs supported by direct and indirect sales to these new employees and riders.
The Transbay Redevelopment Project will transform the area surrounding the new transit center into a vibrant new mixed-use neighborhood that will include more than 2,600 homes, 35% of which will be affordable. In addition the revitalization will include shops, public parks and plazas, widened sidewalks with new trees and street lights, and commercial space next to the new Transit Center. The area will be the most transit-rich neighborhood in the region, with high-density housing and commercial space close to the transit center, as well as other transit services.