Salesforce Transit Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) project associates, public officials, and community members gathered in the new Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco to attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Salesforce Transit Center and Salesforce Park.
The $2.26 billion transit center is a centralized transportation center that connects transit systems throughout the Bay Area. Designed by the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the seismically resistant building is constructed to help ease congestion, reduce pollution, and make transit easier and faster.
The ceremony begins with Mohammed Nuru, Chair of the TJPA board of directors, introducing himself and welcoming everyone to the event. He then passes the mic to Willie L. Brown Jr, Master of Ceremonies, who introduces the speakers throughout the event.
“Salesforce Transit Center represents San Francisco at our best. It reflects our commitment to innovation, transportation, environmental sustainability and community development,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
“The Salesforce Transit Center continues the Bay Area’s proud tradition of leading the country forward in innovative, transit-friendly, sustainable development, and will advance a future in which thousands of workers and students can easily, efficiently and environmentally sustainably move throughout [the] nation’s innovation corridor and ultimately our Golden State to study, work and enjoy time with their families,” says Democrat Leader and United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
Salesforce Park sits on the roof of the transit center. The public park spans four city blocks, covering 5.4 acres. “It will be a destination all its own with a beautiful rooftop garden, outdoor amphitheater, public art and great places to eat and shop,” says Nuru.
According to TJPA, the transit center was funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the State of California, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco, County Transportation Authority, the City and County of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and AC Transit. The name of the center is the result of a 25-year, $110 million naming rights agreement with Salesforce that helps fund operating costs. The center is managed and operated by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.
The transit center will open to the public at noon on Saturday, August 11, 2018. It will begin serving AC Transit, Greyhound and other state and regional bus operators on Sunday, August 12, 2018. Muni has been operating on the Bus Plaza, or street level, since June 2018.