Transbay Terminal Improvement Plan
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
San Francisco, California
We were hired by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to help achieve a difficult consensus on the Transbay Terminal project among multiple jurisdictions, agencies and transit operators – some of whom had gone to court over the project. We lead an interdisciplinary team of international architects, economists, rail engineers, transit analysts and operations specialists through numerous meetings, design charrettes, and engineering reviews, and finally achieved a consensus design for the terminal and its correlated joint development. Our concept design was adopted by all participating agencies and helped to garner funding support, to interest participants in a P3 public private project strategy, and to trigger creation of a Joint Powers Authority to realize the project.
Our design casts the terminal as a centerpiece for an invigorated neighborhood. We reconceived how passengers move through a terminal and interact with retail destinations. We maximized natural daylight with a central atrium that unifies all transit operations. The design accommodates growth for existing bus operators and creates a train-ready facility that can integrate future local rail services to the Peninsula and East Bay and high-speed rail service to farther destinations.
The success of this planning and design effort was the result of assembling the right team, our inventive strategies for creating settings for client collaboration and detailed attention to the issues at hand. In August 2010, the fully funded $1 billion Transit Terminal, plus joint development and open space began construction.