San Francisco's Transbay Transit Terminal...
...is at First and Mission Streets. Surrounded by the Financial District, Rincon Hill, and just a couple of blocks from The Ferry Building.
In its day - it was a bustling hub of activity. All of the buses coming across the bridge from the East Bay arrived here. All four of the city's streetcar lines used this as their terminal. Greyline and Trailways bus lines were here - as was Amtrak. The place breathed life - twenty-four / seven. Food was served through the night. Taxis lined up out front at all hours.
Today - it is but a shell. Buses still come and go here - but with schedules that are a mere hint of back then. Homeless people sleep here during the day - in the basement on the broad, curved, hardwood benches. A concession from the city. Security chases them into the cold night air before locking the doors at midnight.
The building is near its end - and no one will miss it - save those homeless.
Two blocks away - new temporary bus depot is near completion. All stainless steel. Large palm trees have been installed. Lights and canopies are in place.
Soon - this old terminal will be no more.
By 2015 - San Francisco's tallest building is planned for this location. A world class transportation hub will open at its base with a high-speed rail train connecting to southern California. A 5.4 acre park is included in the plan as well.
Soon - I hope to do a photo study of this place before the wrecking ball erases it from the earth. Before - the end of the line...
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