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AC Transit to resume service at Salesforce Transit Center

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The Salesforce Transit Center where crews are fixing two cracked steel beams remains closed in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

AC transit officials announced Monday that Transbay bus service to Salesforce Transit Center will resume Aug. 11.

Officials said bus operator training is moving ahead of schedule and construction crews’ pace of reinstalling interior portions of the bus deck have led to the accelerated opening of the third-floor bus deck.  

The $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center closed last September after crews discovered two cracked steel beams on the bus deck level, which supports the rooftop park. The issue was isolated at Fremont and First streets.

Ching Wong/SFBay Temporary shoring system for two cracked steel beams at Salesforce Transit Center is seen on First Street in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

During the 10-month closure, an independent panel led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission reviewed and approved the correction work at the cracked beams. The panel also reviewed the entire structure before giving it the green light as safe to reopen.

Officials with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, who manage the transit center, reopened the transit hub July 1. Muni and Golden Transit bus service returned July 13.

AC Transit General Manager Michael Hursh said in a statement that the transit agency also performed an internal review of the steel beam corrective work.

Hursh said:

“Our engineering staff members observed installation, monitored physical inspections, reviewed girder fabrication, design stresses and inspection reports of the girders at Fremont and First Streets. This comprehensive analysis was the foundation I needed to assure that our Bus Operators, Service Employees, Mechanics, and Road Supervisors are indeed safely working in a world-class transit center.”

AC Transit reminds riders that Sunday operations to the Salesforce Transit Center are limited. The full-scale launch of 26 Transbay bus lines and four Early Bird Express lines will occur Monday, Aug. 12.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn covers transportation and City Hall in San Francisco for SF Bay. Email: jerold@sfbay.ca. Twitter: @Jerold_Chinn. Instagram: jeroldwashere.

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