Cracked beam at San Francisco Transit Center: New tourist attraction?

Transit center will remain closed while engineers assess damage

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The new San Francisco Transbay Transit Center terminal became a short-lived tourist attraction as visitors stopped to take photos of a cracked steel beam in the new center.

City officials shut own the US$2.2 billion transit terminal today, September 25, 2018, after the crack was found in a support beam under the center’s public roof garden. Officials said the transit center will remain closed while engineers assess the damage and inspect other beams.

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Coined the “Grand Central of the West,” the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart of downtown after nearly a decade of construction. It was expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year.

Authorities in green vests immediately began moving people out of the building this afternoon and rerouted buses to a temporary area about two blocks away that had been used during the center’s construction.

Enveloped in wavy white sheets of metal veil, the five-level center includes a bus deck, a towering sky-lit central entrance hall, and a rooftop park with an outdoor amphitheater.

The terminal is managed by the Transbay Joints Power Authority. Executive director Mark Zabaneh said no other damage is suspected.