Inside the Salesforce Transit Center and its rooftop park, which reopened today

With a gondola ride, board games, free tai chi classes, writing workshops, a bar, and of course a Starbucks, the Salesforce Transit Center has everything you could want, except for dogs or balls (Neither are allowed accordingly to the park rules). And buses, at least for now.

Salesforce Park is the public rooftop park that sits above the Salesforce Transit Center. It is one of three long-awaited amenities (the park, the transit center, and the gondola lift) to open today. That is, to reopen.

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The Transit Center at First and Mission was shut down in September 2018 after two cracks were discovered on the beams supporting the rooftop. The beams have since been repaired and visitors are able to fully wander the 5.4-acre park.

Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the summer, the park is a manicured oasis in an ever-growing sea of corporate high-rises. Visitors can take the gondola lift (which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the summer) to enter the park, but they’ll need to take the escalators or elevators down to exit. More info on summer hours can be found on the Salesforce Transit Center website.

During this today’s grand re-opening, the park was already bustling with visitors, many of whom ate lunch at the wooden benches and shiny new tables. Some visitors sat on the fresh grass in front of the amphitheater and basked in the much-welcomed sunshine. A band set up their instruments for a performance. One ambitious visitor was even spotted jogging. Most strolled around leisurely, admiring the botanical gardens.

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This is only a partial reopening. Bus services are not yet available and are still located at the Temporary Transbay Terminal. Construction is ongoing on the three-level transit center, which will serve as a commuting hub for various transit services, including Muni, AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Amtrak, Caltrain, and the future California High-Speed Rail system. The Transit Center is open to guests taking escalators for the park, but otherwise it is not yet operational. Although the exact date has not been announced, bus services are expected to begin later this summer.

Check out the photos in the gallery above this article for a tour of the reopened Transit Center.

Nikki Tran is a SFGATE intern. Email: nikki.tran@sfgate.com

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Salesforce-Transit-Center-park-rooftop-tour-14065357.php.

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