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S: THE FINAL DAYS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO TRANSBAY TERMINAL BY KRIS LONGA

FC: THE FINAL DAYS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO TRANSBAY TERMINAL | A PHOTO TRIBUTE BY KRIS LONGA

1: San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal was built in 1939 at First and Mission Streets as the terminal for East Bay trains using the newly opened Bay Bridge. For the first time, San Francisco was directly linked by rail to the East Bay, Central Contra Costa County and even Sacramento. The Terminal was financed and operated as part of the Bay Bridge, and was paid for by Bay Bridge tolls (which were then 50 cents per automobile, or about $7.75 today). At the time, trucks and trains (primarily the Key System) used the lower deck of the Bay Bridge, and automobiles operated in both directions on the upper deck. The Terminal was designed to handle as many as 35 million people annually with a peak 20-minute rate of 17,000 commuters. Ten car trains arrived every 63.5 seconds. In its heyday at the end of World War II, the terminal’s rail system served 26 million passengers annually. After the war ended and gas rationing was eliminated, the Terminal’s use began to steadily decline to a rate of four to five million people traveling by rail per year. In 1958, the lower deck of the Bay Bridge was converted to automobile traffic only, the Key System was dismantled and by 1959 the inter-modal Transbay Terminal was converted into a bus-only facility. Now, more than 40 years later, the Transbay Project is poised to reconnect the region and its transit systems with a new multi-modal Transit Center.

2: The iconic Transbay tower at the Mission street loop. (above) To the left are some plaques that commemorated the Bay Bridge 50th Anniversary

6: AC TRANSIT

10: (above) 2008 Vanhool A300l #1211 on route C to Piedmont. (right) Here is what you would of rode on the C route back in the 70's and 80's, a 1975 Flxible Newlook Suburban #8030 | C | Piedmont Via Emeryville

21: NL | Eastmont | Transit Center

34: W | Broadway & Blanding

35: This 2003 MCI D4500 #6066 was the last AM route Z from Transbay to West Berkeley | Z | West Berkeley Via Emeryville

36: Dumbarton Express #165 2001 GILLIG Phantom Operated by AC Transit | This coach was assigned as a standby at the terminal, It was then assigned to a schedule on route O to Alameda/Fruitvale Bart

37: Coach #165 approaching the Bay Bridge on route O

38: S.F. MUNI

40: A rebuilt 2001 Neoplan AN440 #8198 serves route 108 to Treasure Island

41: S.F. Muni #8198 returns to the Transbay Terminal

42: 2001 "non-rebuilt" Neoplan AN440 # 8108 leaving the Transbay Terminal on the final day of operation

43: 2007 Orion VII Diesel-Electric Hybrid #8436 is ready to depart on route 108 to Treasure Island

44: 2002 Neoplan AN460 #6244 turns left on !st street from the "Tranbay Hump" on a 38L to 48th

47: Restored S.F. MUNI 1969 GMC T8H5305 #3287 was brought out for the last night of Transbay service

48: SAMTRANS

57: samTrans 138,153 & 117 are 2002 NABI's Model 436. 117 would be the last 391 Southbound to leave the Terminal

58: OTHER BUSES THAT SERVED THE TRANSBAY TERMINAL

60: Westcat Lynx runs commuter service between S.F. and Hercules. Pictured here are D4500's, they also run Gillig Phantom Transits and Suburbans that were acquired from samTrans

61: (lower left) Gillig Phantom borrowed from "Wheels Livermore". (top) ex-samTrans Gillig Suburbans before and after getting wrapped. | (above) Westcat will use local coaches when LYNX coaches are in for repair

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