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San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal evacuated after fissure found in beam

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Trans bay closureGreg Sandoval/Business Insider

  • Just weeks after it opened, the $2.2 billion San
    Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center was abruptly closed on
    Tuesday.
  • A fissure was discovered in one of the building’s steel
    beams.
  • According to
    a statement from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority
    , the
    beam was located in the ceiling of the third-level Bus Deck the
    closure is “out of an abundance of caution” as officials
    investigate.

Just weeks after it opened, the $2.2 billion San Francisco’s
Transbay Transit Center was abruptly closed on Tuesday. A fissure
was discovered in one of the building’s steel beams.

According to
a statement from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority
, the
beam was located in the ceiling of the third-level Bus Deck, and
the closure is “out of an abundance of caution” as inspectors and
engineers inspect other beams at the center and work to repair
the problem.

Firemen were on the scene and an officer of the San Francisco
Police Department told Business Insider that the building was
being evacuated. Police were not allowing anyone near
the four-block-long building. 

The Terminal Center, described as the “Grand Central Station of
the West,” was a building project nearly two decades in the
making. The Center was designed to be a central nexus for local
transportation.

Eleven bus lines stop at the station, and transit officials plan
to eventually connect it to rail lines.

The Bus Deck is above the ground level. The structure’s two other
levels are below-ground floors that were designed for rail lines
but aren’t yet in use.

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