Design chosen for Transbay Transit Center
Illustration courtesy TransbayCenter.org
By Caitlin Cassady
September 20, 2007
The Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors decided
today on a design by Pelli Clark Pelli Architects and Hines for
a Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco that will
include a city park on the roof of the transit terminal.
The board of directors has been considering three different firms
to complete the new building that will located at First and Mission
The structure will also include a skyscraper that will be one
of the tallest buildings on the West Coast.
The skyscraper will be obelisk in shape, according to the Transbay
Joint Authority, and its base will be encased in glass to let
in natural light. The park will help improve the environmental
impact of the center by absorbing pollution, treating and recycling
water and providing a habitat for local wildlife.
The transit center will accommodate eight regional transportation
systems, including Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, Caltrain,
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, Golden Gate
Transit, San Mateo County Transit District, Greyhound, Bay Area
Rapid Transit and the future California High-Speed Rail.
California High Speed Rail promises to reduce travel between
San Francisco and Los Angeles to two and a half hours, according
The design will not only construct a new transit center, but
it will incorporate a new neighborhood with homes, shops and parks
adjacent to the transit center, according to the Transbay Joint
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