Information Regarding the Temporary Terminal

UPDATE 14: On December 3rd, 2020, the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) issued an RFP for the interim activation of the Temporary Transbay Terminal before the final development of housing and park space begins. Here is a link to the TTT RFP. The RFP is open until February 3rd, 2021. The CBD would love to see a robust group of bidders from which to choose; please shared the RFP with your network!

UPDATE 13: On Tuesday, August 18th, the TJPA Board of Directors unanimously voted to terminate the Safe Sleeping Site agreement between the TJPA and the City and County of San Francisco. The site was originally selected by the City as a potential Safe Sleeping Site location. The TJPA Board of Directors opened the conversation of having positive interim uses for the site. Please visit our dedicated post for more information and regular updates on the topic of Temporary Terminal Interim Uses and Advocacy.

Watch the recording of the board of directors meeting:

UPDATE 12: On Thursday, August 12th, The East Cut CBD will be hosting a special Town Hall meeting with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney, TJPA’s Executive Director Mark Zabaneh, and other City representatives, via Zoom at 6:00pm. This Town Hall will give the opportunity for the community and for stakeholders to discuss potential interim uses, challenges, and concerns or ideas from the public. 
(Zoom ID: 819 3062 5096; PASSWORD: Terminal).

UPDATE 11: While the agreement between the City and the TJPA for the Safe Sleeping Site still remains in place, OCII, who is responsible for the development of the Temporary Transbay Terminal blocks, provided the following updates to members of their Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on July 6th 2020:

  1. Block 1 – Project has nearly all of its occupancy permits and sales have commenced on both market rate and below market rate units
  2. Block 2 – The affordable housing Request for Proposals (RFP) was released on Monday, 6/22. Submissions are due on Wednesday September 17th, 2020 at 4:00pm.
  3. Block 3 – Concepts are being refined and OCII plans to meet with The East Cut CBD to review the concepts and seek feedback prior to holding Community Meeting #2
  4. Block 4 – OCII and the Development Team (Hines/Urban Pacific/Mercy Housing) continue to negotiate the DDA and the project’s Schematic Design is still being refined

UPDATE 10: On June 22nd, 2020, The East Cut CBD learned that the agreement between the TJPA and the City that allows for the Temporary Transbay Terminal to be used as a “Safe Sleeping Site” has not been canceled, despite the previous announcement stating otherwise from TJPA. It now appears unlikely to be canceled as the City still seeks to protect the terminal as an option.

There is no known intention to use the location as a Safe Sleeping Site at this time. Supervisor Haney has also made it clear he opposes the safe sleeping concept and wishes to see other neighborhood-serving uses move forward. As the City begins efforts to safely reopen, the Temporary Terminal site has the potential to become part of a community program to support local retail, provide space for fitness classes, and more.

How can you help? You can provide public comment at Thursday’s TJPA Board meeting. This item is not on the agenda but you can make public comment during the general public comment period of the meeting (Agenda Item 8). 


PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN: 1-408-418-9388 — Access Code: 146 633 4383

If you or other members of the community are able, the CBD encourages you to share your desire to see the contract between the TJPA and the City terminated. Mayor London Breed has twice acknowledged that the site is not viable. That should be honored; and as San Francisco begins to reopen, the Temporary Terminal site should be considered for other neighborhood-serving uses including, but not limited to, “Slow Street” space, open-air dining, and more.

UPDATE 9: On June 3rd, 2020 The East Cut CBD received confirmation from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) that their agreement with the City and County of San Francisco to use the Temporary Transbay Terminal as a Safe Sleeping Site has been terminated. The license agreement for the use of the site will officially end June 4th at 5pm.

UPDATE 8: On April 30th, 2020, The East Cut CBD sent a letter to Mayor London Breed sharing its position on the use of the Temporary Transbay Terminal as a Safe Sleeping Site. The CBD received the following response by email from Mayor Breed’s office on May 29th, 2020:

From: Heiken, Emma (MYR)
Date: Fri, May 29, 2020 at 11:38 AM

Subject: Safe Sleeping Sites Inquiry


Cc: Breed, Mayor London (MYR)

Thank you for contacting the Office of Mayor London N. Breed regarding
Safe Sleeping Sites in San Francisco. An initial Safe Sleeping Village was
established on Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets on May 13th and
another site on Stanyan Street near Haight Street is being prepared. The
projected opening for Stanyan is May 29th, depending on completion of site
construction. Each site will be run by local service providers, with assistance
from City agencies for health services, and in collaboration with the SFPD. A
third location at 450 Church Street is also under construction, and will open the
2nd week of June. All locations are designed to provide space only to
individuals already established in those areas. 

There are currently no plans to use the Transbay Terminal as a Safe
Sleeping Site. For more information on our Frequently Asked Questions, please
see the attached document and this website.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any further concerns,

Emma Heiken

Supervisor of Community Affairs

Mayor’s Office

City & County of San Francisco

UPDATE 7: On May 11, Mayor Breed and Supervisor Haney answer questions regarding the Temporary Terminal and COVID-19. Link for audio and video here.

UPDATE 6: Meeting held for East Cut property managers to receive updates and be able to ask questions.

UPDATE 5: At a meeting with Millennium Tower residents Tuesday evening (May 6th), D6 Supervisor Matt Haney indicated that the proposed Safe Sleeping Site at the Temporary Terminal has been paused for now and is not currently part of the group of sites being announced by the City. The East Cut CBD will provide additional updates as they become available.

UPDATE 4: Minutes from Special East Cut CBD Board of Directors Meeting


Board meeting audio here.

Board meeting video here.

UPDATE 3: On April 30th, The East Cut CBD sent the below letter to Mayor London Breed.


UPDATE 2: The East Cut CBD has learned that the site is now being considered for 60 tents, not 40 as previously communicated.

UPDATE 1: The situation is evolving and The East Cut CBD has not received confirmation from City officials regarding their intent to convert the site to a shelter location. Staff we’ve talked with state that they are considering multiple locations within San Francisco and that “no green light has been given” to use the Temporary Transbay Terminal for this purpose.

What is known is the TJPA and the City signed an agreement to use the site as a safe sleeping site until 30 days after the Shelter in Place order is lifted. City staff are working on designs for several sites throughout the city that would include sanitation and separation. The Temp Terminal is being considered for 40 tents.    

People may contact Max Barnes ( at the City’s Emergency Operations Center to request additional information or express concerns. He is the point person working to support unsheltered individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We appreciate the anxiety this evolving situation causes, and assure you that we are in regular contact with Supervisor Haney and City officials to advocate for our community. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

Dear East Cut Neighbors:

The East Cut CBD has heard from many neighborhood stakeholders regarding the City’s potential use of the Temporary Transbay Terminal as a site for unhoused individuals. The assumption is that this is being proposed in order to move individuals, such as those currently in place at 110 Main Street, from the sidewalks to spaces that allow for proper social distancing.

The East Cut CBD has contacted City officials in an effort to get more information on the Temp Terminal site, but thus far staff have only indicated that they are considering several sites and “no green light has been given.” The CBD has also been in contact with Supervisor Haney, who had not been previously notified of this, and is working with his office to get the latest information.

During the current COVID-19 shelter in place order, the City has made it a policy to NOT break up encampments, and the City’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is telling unhoused individuals to shelter in place in their tents. As you are most likely aware, shelters and navigation centers are also no longer taking new admissions in an effort to reduce further transmissions of COVID-19. Likewise, it is necessary for our team to reduce the intensity and quality of their homeless outreach in response to COVID-19.

The East Cut team continues to work every day to ensure the neighborhood is safe and well maintained, and we are adapting services to respond to the changing dynamics and new information. If you see a need that The East Cut CBD can address, please do not hesitate to reach out by contacting our live dispatch at 415.543.8223 or via email at We are here to be both a direct resource to the neighborhood and its advocate. If you have questions about The East Cut CBD’s operations during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff via email.

The East Cut CBD hopes that you and your families are all healthy and managing through this time.