Ambitious Downtown Transit Project – SAN FRANCISCO

Check out this article from the NY Times about what San Francisco is planning for its new transit station and neighborhood: The project, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects of New Haven, could ultimately be a signature structure in a carbon-sensitive city that professes devotion to public transportation. Cesar Pelli, the project’s lead architect since his firm won a design competition in 2007, calls the central office tower aesthetic “elegant and simple.” But Mr. Pelli said his firm left “the exuberance of the design for the transit center, which is meant to be an extraordinary public facility.” Drawings of the new bus and train station show a light-drenched, multilevel glass structure that will span five blocks, from Second to Main Street. A transparent roof will provide broad visibility to the leafy park above, which is meant to serve as a sort of urban retreat and amphitheater. Planners say the terminal, scheduled for completion in 2015, will serve 45 million passengers a year, eliminate 8,000 automobile trips daily, and offer a mass-transit link between San Francisco to Silicon Valley, the other economic engine in the Bay Area.

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