This begins a short series saying farewell to the venerable Transbay Transit Terminal in San Francisco. These images were taken at the end of the last evening commute on Friday 06 August 2010 - and on the following morning.
Opened in 1939 - the center was located at First & Mission Streets (near the western terminus of the Bay Bridge). It was originally built to receive the electric trains that ran between San Francisco and Sacramento over the lower deck of the bridge. Over 300 trains a day made the crossing. The upper deck carried all of the automobiles. The trains were discontinued in 1959. The bridge was switched to its present day configuration - carrying westbound vehicles on the upper deck - with eastbound traffic below. The Transbay Terminal was re-designed to accommodate buses traversing the bridge.
This image is from the last few hours left of the building's service. It will be torn down over the next few weeks to make way for a 80 story complex above a world-class transportation hub - to include a high-speed rail link connecting to southern California.
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