San Francisco’s Highly Anticipated Salesforce Transit Center Makes its Debut

San Francisco’s Most Important Project in Years Comes to Life!

The two-block-long Salesforce Transit Center and its 5.4-acre rooftop public park opened after 20 years of planning, and nearly a decade of design and construction. Stretching nearly three blocks between Beale and Second streets the 1.2-million-sq-ft transportation hub is the core of a transit-oriented development district, rezoned for office and residential towers.

In the future, the nearly $2.3-billion transit center, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and built by the Webcor/Obayashi Joint Venture, will link to more than 10 transit systems and high-speed rail.

The most striking aspect about the project, next to its curb appeal and its rooftop park, is the natural light and long views inside the grand hall. There’s nothing cloistered about this new space. Three skylights, which punctuate at park level, draw daytime light into the core of the building. Lighting will be completely shut off in most of the Transit Center during off-peak hours.

How to get to the park?
There are 10 access points to the park. Connections include two bridges from nearby towers (181 Fremont and Salesforce Tower), an aerial tram from Mission Street that’s scheduled to open in September, four elevators, and three escalators.

What are the park’s hours?
Salesforce Park will be open to the public from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from November to April and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May to October.

Are dogs allowed?
Only service pets are allowed.

Security?
In addition to San Francisco Police Officers from the Southern Station, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has hired private security firm to add an extra layer of surveillance. There will also be ambassadors sporting official jackets to answer visitors’ queries.

What’s the plan with food and retail?
Still in the planning stages, with only five leases signed so far, there are 34 storefronts available in and outside the Transit Center. Expect cafes (local and national chains), a health club, and more. The park-level restaurant has yet to announce an official tenant. In the meantime, expect pop-up eateries to grace the spot.

Sports and music?
Only permitted events and/or concerts are allowed.

Good for kids?
Yes, there’s a dedicated children’s play space at park level.

Events?
Look forward to a variety of events ranging from poetry readings and fitness classes to music concerts and other artistic endeavors.

Is it open?
Open and ready for the public to enjoy!