A floor-by-floor di­a­gram of the tran­sit cen­ter.

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The re­place­ment for the old Trans­bay Ter­mi­nal is de­signed to func­tion as both a bus station and a civic des­ti­na­tion. Bus service should be­gin with roughly 15,000 rid­ers a day, while the cen­ter’s re­tail spa­ces and rooftop park are in­tended to at­tract vis­i­tors from the high-rise neigh­bor­hood sprout­ing around it. A con­tem­po­rary twist? The name will be Sales­force Tran­sit Cen­ter – af­ter the lo­cal soft­ware firm, which signed a 25-year spon­sor­ship agree­ment val­ued at $110 mil­lion.

Source and ren­der­ings: Pelli Clarke Pelli Ar­chi­tects

The al­leys: The tran­sit cen­ter is in­tended to have ground-floor ac­tiv­ity on all sides, in­clud­ing the long-quiet al­ley­ways of Minna and Natoma streets. This view of the cen­ter’s west flank shows shops along Natoma Street be­neath the metal awning, with paving and land­scap­ing keyed to a pedes­trian scene. The struc­ture at the end holds el­e­va­tors to the rooftop park.

Ca­ble-stayed bridge for buses

Rooftop park: The 5.4-acre City Park was con­ceived by Berkeley’s PWP Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture as an in­ter­locked set of pub­lic spa­ces – there is a pic­nic meadow, a play­ground and a jog­ging path amid hillocks and botan­i­cal dis­plays in­clud­ing 60 species of trees. The west end will have an am­phithe­ater and a restau­rant. A snaking line of wa­ter jets will be trig­gered by the movement of buses be­low .

Bus deck: The third level of the struc­ture will hold 37 bus bays around an elon­gated cen­tral is­land, where rid­ers will wait, board and de­part. The main ten­ant will be AC Tran­sit, but some bays will be used by other buses cross­ing the bay, in­clud­ing Muni’s Trea­sure Is­land service. Un­like the gloomy 1939 ter­mi­nal, this wait­ing area will be nat­u­rally lit and ven­ti­lated, thanks to the see-through pan­els that sur­round it.

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