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Fremont Street

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 18 August 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Transbay Transit Terminal - San Francisco (a series on its closure)

Ahead is the Fremont Street underpass beneath the bus deck. This image shows how the old terminal really no longer fits the character of the neighborhood. The terminal extends more than a block to the right. This is where the trains (and later buses) would feed into the terminal from the Bay Bridge.

The elevated parts of the terminal also extended another two blocks to the left over First Street and up into Essex Street where the structure delivered the vehicles back directly onto the Bay Bridge.

There are hundreds of bus drivers in the Bay Area that are real sorry to loose their exclusive access to the Bay Bridge. They are now navigating the surface streets during rush hour. And those ramps are already being reduced to rubble.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

What a great building, well taken

18 Aug 2010 5:14am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

great light for this splendid building, Stephen

18 Aug 2010 10:57am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

I think a mix of old and new always works,just look at London where buildings that are hundreds of years old stand shoulder to shoulder with the newest developments !!

18 Aug 2010 11:35am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Fantastic urban scene. Love the meeting of the horizontal and vertical lines.

18 Aug 2010 11:41am

Alisha from Bielefeld,Germany, Germany

wow i like it, good shot :)

18 Aug 2010 1:04pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a story. Amazing. I see what you mean about the decor of the neighborhood - pretty clean and sterile looking here. Before I forget you did a phenomenal job on this image Stephen - awesome man! Now, when did you take this? At 0630 on a Sunday morning :-} ? I guess I don't remember much about Fremont Street. I need to go back and check that section out. Good work Stephen, just excellent!

18 Aug 2010 1:29pm

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Hmmm, looks familiar ... as does the processing. A little HDR action here? Really nice.

18 Aug 2010 4:00pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I'm always surprised when i see streets of big cities like SF so deserted... strange atmosphere...

18 Aug 2010 4:05pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this architecture shot

18 Aug 2010 4:44pm

Marie LC from France

Impressive building... I like this architecture too.

18 Aug 2010 5:24pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Impressive tonal contrast as old fights with new. Amazing how the scene is dominated by glass!

18 Aug 2010 6:12pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Amazing picture of this lovely glass and steel building...phenomenal..
Greenery in the foreground is nice...

18 Aug 2010 7:27pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Great depth and big height...

18 Aug 2010 7:27pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I wonder who's more unhappy, the bus drivers, or all the other drivers, who now have to put up with more buses.........Sounds like a no win situation to me......really like the diversity of the buildings here........really shows the old and the new, doesn't it?

19 Aug 2010 1:18am

@Susan: Hey Susan - this is the area where my office is - and I'm looking forward to the adventure that is already unfolding. The planners have done a good job managing the traffic lanes to accommodate the buses. Their presence is nothing compared to the construction traffic disruptions we are about to experience. This, as an 80 story building and five-and-a-half acre park are created that will anchor the new transit canter.

Buses from around the bay and the city will transit here. High speed trains from southern California will slide into the platform alongside the local trains traversing the peninsula. It should be quite a show...

A link to a visualization of the new center is on my posting for tomorrow (Thursday) - check it out.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Much different perspective from the outside point of view.

19 Aug 2010 1:59am

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

19 Aug 2010 7:10pm