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Transbay Transit Center shut down after broken steel beam discovered

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Effective immediately

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Update: September 26, 3:30 p.m.: A second crack was discovered overnight. The park will remain closed through next week.

The Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Park will not reopen today at noon, which was the rough estimate given by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. No new estimated time or date of reopening has been announced.

Update: During this evening’s press conference, Mark Zabaneh, executive director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, explained that workers working on the ceiling discovered the crack by accident at around 10 a.m. today; however, the transit center wasn’t closed until 5 p.m.

No word yet on the size of the crack on the steel beam, which helps support to rooftop park.

Authorities will keep the transit center closed tonight and until at least noon Wednesday until structural designers figure out the severity of said crack and if more fissures exist on other beams within the structure.

Transit lines that service the transit center will been diverted to the Temporary Terminal at Howard and Main. Allow for additional time during Wednesday’s commute.

The $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center, which opened in August, has been shut down by officials after a crack was discovered in one of the beams in the ceiling of the third level bus deck.

“Crews today discovered a fissure in one of the steel beams in the ceiling of the third level Bus Deck on the eastern side of the Salesforce Transit Center near Fremont Street,” read a statement from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

All transit inside the terminal, including Muni, Golden Gate Transi, and AC Transit, will temporarily move to the old temporary terminal on the block bounded by Folsom, Howard, Beale, and Main Streets.

Howard Street between Mission and Howard and is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Commuters wait in lines for buses at the Temporary Transbay Terminal after the Salesforce Transit Center closed.
Photo by AP Photo/Eric Risberg

“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,” said Mark Zabaneh, executive director of Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the transit center opened to great fanfare in August, with its rooftop park being the jewel of the East Cut behemoth.

A news conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. We will have more details as the story unfolds.