Transbay Transit Center Electric Relocation


Working on the Transbay Transit Project

I came across some photos I took in 2011 while I was working as an Engineer on a small portion of the Transbay Transit Center construction several years back. The Transbay Transit Center is slated to be a transportation hub that connect 8 Bay Area counties and 11 different transit systems. The project is an estimated $8 billion dollar project to be completed majoritively by the end of 2017.

My role was the coordination of the relocation of underground electric facilities to allow for the construction to take place. This was an involved process that required for the electric underground lines to be relocated to one side of the street. Afterwards, it would be relocated to the other side of the street, and then finally installed in the permanent infrastructure when construction was finally completed.

This was completed in phases so that the new construction could take place. Keep in mind that this construction site encompassed several blocks radius. So, this was required at most street crossings as well as for all other facilities such as gas, fiber optic, communications, etc.

transbay transit center electric relocationApproximate location of the Transbay Transit Center construction in San Francisco, California

I was working one weekend (of many) and took some photos of the work sites. I think I had just bought a Canon T3i DSLR camera at the time and figured it was a great time to test it out.

transbay transit center electric relocation
Welders up on lifts cutting away at the existing overpass members.

transbay transit center electric relocation
As the crossing members were cut away, a crane was used to carry these piece away.

transbay transit center electric relocation
A view from Natoma St looking Northwest.

transbay transit center electric relocation
Flagger in front of a dumping/staging area.transbay transit center electric relocationBanner of the Transbay Center on a local building

It’s pretty amazing to see the progress they’ve made since then. This website has a lot of information on the progress¬† ¬†Another way to look at the construction at different stages of the project is to look at the Google Street View and use the timeline at the top left of the page. Especially in downtown San Francisco, Street View photos are taken at shorter intervals, which translates to seeing greater detail in the progress.

Scott enjoys fixing and improving cars, motorcycles, and his home in his spare time. He does his best to transcribe his journey as he navigates across unknown territory, finds himself in peculiar predicaments, and figures out how things work in the process.

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