Take A Look At The $4.2 Billion Transit centre That Will Make Getting Around San Francisco A Breeze

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Photo: Project Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli. Renderings courtesy of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Come 2017, getting around San Francisco will get a lot easier and more pleasant. The city is in the process of building an enormous transportation terminal in the heart of its downtown.Designed by architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, the “Transbay Transit centre,” which broke ground in 2010, has a $4.2 billion price tag. According to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), it will create 125,000 jobs and generate $140 billion in gross regional product and personal income through 2030.

The first phase of the project, to build the terminal, is fully funded and underway. So far, it is on schedule and on budget, and set for completion in 2017. The second phase will extend the commuter rail line, Caltrain, by about a mile, to connect it with the terminal and bring travellers into the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Once completed, the Transbay Transit centre will serve tens of thousands of people every day, and connect 11 different transit systems, including bus, subway, and commuter rail. Eventually, it will serve as the northern terminus for California’s high-speed rail network, which is under construction.

It's in the heart of downtown San Francisco, near the Bay Bridge.

Of course, there will be multiple entrances. This one is in San Francisco's Shaw Alley.

The Transit centre will stretch for five blocks, covering 1.5 million square feet.

The glass building will maximise natural light inside, to save energy.

The interior is designed to be open and well-lighted.

The Grand Hall is on the ground level, and will be home to an information centre and ticket kiosks.

There will be five levels, with the rail lines underground and a rooftop park.

travellers board buses two levels above the ground, accessible to vehicles via ramps.

It will cover 5.4 acres.

Now take a look at public transportation around the world.

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