The new Transbay Salesforce Transit Center broke ground on August 11, 2010. US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom attended the ceremony. Dubbed by many as the “Grand Central Station of the West”, the Transbay Transit Center connects eight Bay Area Counties through 11 transportation systems. The project provided for 100,000 square feet of retail space and a 5.4 acre rooftop park that will include restaurants, a café, a playground and an amphitheater for concerts and live performances.
As a 1,400 foot long rooftop park, it was quite an undertaking to accomplish this project. Not only is it a lovely public space for everyone to enjoy, the featured landscaping consists of plants from around the world. Much like the city of San Francisco itself, the diversity of the area is reflected in the variety of plants and species from different Mediterranean climates, such as a Chilean Garden, South African Garden, Australian Garden, etc. Along the walkway a water feature notifies visitors when a bus has arrived at the station down below.