After eight years, the much-anticipated Transbay Transit Center is finally coming to life—and August 11 is our day to celebrate with a lively neighborhood block party. Officially coined as the Salesforce Transit Center, this commuter paradise features a 5.4-acre rooftop park and will soon be home to an array of interior shops and restaurants. Below, get a glimpse of just what to expect from our new SoMa neighbor.
A Commuter Haven
Starting August 12, transbay bus service will begin at the Transit Center. Stretching nearly three blocks between Beale and Second Streets, just south of Mission Street, the Salesforce Transit Center will link 11 transit systems and allow East Bay commuters to enter the city without any traffic above downtown streets from the Bay Bridge into an elevated concourse. The gondola, which can hold 20 people, will whisk people from Mission and Fremont Streets to the rooftop park starting September 24.
Sky-High Green Space
The Salesforce Transit Center isn’t just for commuters. In fact, the rooftop is now home to a 5.4-acre park complete with eight distinct gardens, an outdoor amphitheater, open grassy lawns, a children’s play space, a cafe and two-story restaurant. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the revolutionary rooftop park transcends that of a typical urban green space with impeccable landscaping from PWP Landscape Architects. The firm has designed an array of diverse botanical environments, spanning from the Australian garden to the prehistoric conservatory. Here, both Bay Area residents and visitors can escape from the hustle and bustle in a sky-high park like no other.
Inside the Center
Inside the Transit Center will be a combination of shops and restaurants in an entirely artistic, architectural setting. Open and inundated with natural light, the interior features “Light Columns,” or soaring skylights, that create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for those both passing through and exploring. The largest Light Column is the 118-foot tall Grand Hall, home to the Transit Center’s primary public space. The Salesforce Transit Center is still in the midst of acquiring retailers so stay tuned.
We look forward to celebrating with you on Saturday, August 11, from 12-4pm. The opening party will feature live music, arts and crafts, fitness classes and more—plus the opportunity to explore the beautiful skylit interiors.
* Story courtesy of The Harrison
* Photo courtesy of Transbay Joint Powers Authority