Crowds at Capacity at Brand New Salesforce Transit Center


Nearly two decades in the making, the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now open, set to connect thousands of Bay Area residents to the city’s downtown area.

Crowds of people waited in line Saturday to see the brand new transportation hub in the heart of the city. In fact, too many people showed up and organizers for the opening party had to limit access due to safety reasons.

Access to new Transbay Terminal entrances were shut off at least 20 minutes due to the number of people. 

San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency staff are managing capacity levels, according to a spokesperson. If an area goes over capacity, officials are stopping people from entering until someone leaves.

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On Friday, several city and state officials joined members of the Transit Joint Powers Authority in a ribbon cutting, celebrating the spacious and modern center’s opening.

“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.

“Our city is growing with both jobs and people, and we need to do a better job of moving everyone around this region, and this transit center will do just that. The transit center goes far beyond a transportation hub. It’s a thriving place of economic opportunity,” she said.

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.

“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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Pelosi also acknowledged the late Mayor Ed Lee for his part in creating the transit center.

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“It’s about improving the quality of life, improving the quality of air, it’s about the good health of our children, it’s about the time we save,” she said.





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