Walking up Howard Street, I come across one of those dramatic, apocalyptic-looking scenes that I love so much. There is just something about the demolition of grand old structures that grabs my attention and creates a reflective pause. In this case, the scene in front of me is the destruction of the old 1930's Transbay Terminal and bus ramps to make way for the the new Transbay Transit Center at First and Mission.
The old center closed on August 8, 2010 and the groundbreaking for the new facility took place on August 24th, 2010. To my surprise it is billed as: "the northern terminus for the California high speed rail system and a multi-modal facility that will accomodate eleven transit operators and serve more than 45 million passengers each year". This is a bold plan since only a small fraction of the funding for the high speed rail system is now in place.
The Executive Director of Transbay Joint Powers Authority proclaimed at the groundbreaking, “Today we deliver to the public the first new High-Speed Rail station in the United States, the first modern regional bus station in more than 60 years, and after more than 100 years, a downtown San Francisco train station.”
I feel the collective will surging into an uncertain future. Confidence is high among powerful supporters. They point out that many countries are now running these expensive new high speed rail systems and ALL are popular and profitable. We do love to connect.