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Another beam cracks at new San Francisco Transit Center

Another beam cracks at new San Francisco Transit Center

A San Francisco official said the new $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center that was shut down yesterday over a cracked support beam now has a second adjacent beam that also shows signs of cracking.

Salesforce Transit Center executive director Mark Zabaneh said today that the center, dubbed the “Grand Central of the West,” would remain closed “at least through the end of next week” as inspections continue. Zabaneh said American steel was used in the center’s construction.

He said the problems are localized to that area of the transit hub but that officials don’t yet know what’s caused the cracking.

Workers discovered the first crack early Tuesday while installing roofing tiles. Officials closed the center during Tuesday afternoon rush hour. Buses are being rerouted to a temporary transit center about two blocks away.