The Associated Press » San Francisco officials shut down the city’s celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal Tuesday after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center’s public roof garden. Coined the “Grand Central of the West,” the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart of downtown after nearly a decade of construction. It was expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year.
Construction Dive » Richard Clarke, the chief program management officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told the agency’s construction committee on Thursday that the $2 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, an 8.5-mile light-rail line that will serve the City of Los Angeles and other areas, is approximately five months behind schedule.
San Francisco Chronicle » When the center opens Sunday, that concourse will remain empty. It will likely stay that way for years. There is no firm timeline or funding source for the long-promised train service. While transportation officials seek to build momentum for this next phase, San Francisco City Hall is touting a new approach that could raise the cost to $6 billion from an already expensive $4 billion.
Streetsblog LA » With the 8.5-mile, $2 billion Crenshaw/Los Angeles International Airport line more than 80% complete, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has revealed five alternatives to extend the line farther north. The extension could be either a subway or elevated light-rail line, and the proposals range from $3 billion to $4.7 billion.
Construction Dive » The Federal Transit Administration has issued a Record of Decision for the $4.7 billion, six-mile BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, allowing the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to start engineering work for the project and to apply for a $1.5 billion New Starts FTA grant.