Cracked beam shuts down Salesforce Transit Center

Bay Area

A crack has been discovered in one of the steel beams of the Salesforce Transit Center near Fremont Street, according to officials. 

The transit center has been shut down and evacuated Tuesday.

It will remain closed until at least noon on Wednesday. 

Bus service will be available at the nearby Temporary Transbay Terminal at Howard and Main streets. 

The 5, 5R, 7, 25, 38, and 38R will be resuming service to and from the Temporary Transbay terminal. SFMuni service will not be going to the Salesforce Transit Center.

Fremont Street between Howard and Mission is also closed. Expect major traffic delays.

Use KRON4 ‘s Traffic Map to avoid the area.

Transit officials say the fissure was first discovered while workers were installing ceiling panels at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

The crack is on a steel beam in the ceiling of the third level Bus Deck on the eastern side of the center.

Officials must inspect all the steel beams throughout the entire building. 

They are also investigating how the beam cracked and how to fix it.  

Officials said the beam is made of American steel.

The brand new $2.2 billion Transbay Terminal just opened last month. 

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.

“The safety of everyone who visits the Salesforce Transit Center is our obligation and highest priority,” said Mark Zabaneh, Executive Director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. “While this appears to be a localized issue and we have no information that suggests it is widespread, it is our duty to confirm this before we allow public access to the facility.”

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