As Salesforce Transit Center Opens, Questions About The Future Of The Temporary Transbay Terminal Emerge

The Temporary Transbay Terminal opened in August 2010 and is located on the block bounded by Folsom, Howard, Beale and Main Streets in San Francisco. Located just one block southeast of the newly opened Salesforce Transit Center at 425 Mission Street, the Temporary Terminal has served AC Transit, WestCAT Lynx, Muni, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, paratransit, Amtrak and Greyhound passengers. AC Transit, WestCat Lynx, Muni, SamTrans, and Greyhound have all ceased operations on the site as of  August 15, 2018, and moved into Salesforce Transit Center. Amtrak and Golden Gate Transit continue to operate from the terminal building at 200 Folsom and are expected to move to Salesforce Transit Center later in the fall.

The Temporary Terminal is slated to be developed into two residential communities on Folsom Street and Howard Street with a public open space in the middle of the block. The Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) is responsible for the implementation of the Transbay Redevelopment Project Area, which includes the future residential and public open space plans for the Temporary Terminal site. The Temporary Terminal is currently owned by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), which also oversees the Salesforce Transit Center. The land use on the Temporary Terminal site is authorized by OCII.

Recently, a land use proposal was submitted to OCII by TJPA and a private developer to activate the Temporary Terminal with a variety of uses until the site was redeveloped. The East Cut Community Benefit District (The East Cut CBD), a community stewardship organization founded in 2015, did not participate or endorse the group’s proposal. Further, The East CBD does not have any decision-making authority on the Temporary Terminal as it does not own the land or have authority on land use.

The East Cut CBD is currently working with TJPA and OCII staff to find alternative interim use activities that do not harm the quality of life for residents, workers and visitors. It is our goal to provide a safer and more secure community while enhancing environmental quality and beauty, and reinforce the viability of the neighborhood’s economic base.

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