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1939
The Transbay Transit Terminal, a California Toll Bridge Authority facility, originally was constructed in 1939 as a transportation terminal for commuter trains running between San Francisco and the East Bay and utilizing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge


Transbay Terminal circa 1940.
Note the "Key System" Train tracks running into the terminal.

1959 Last year that Trains ran into the Transbay Terminal.  Only busses now serve the terminal.
1967 The California Department of Transportation became concerned about the use of the terminal properties after BART inaugurated transbay service. As a result of this concern, the Division of Bay Toll Crossings (now Toll Bridge Administration) undertook a series of studies of the property...At that time it was felt that the initiation of BART transbay service would preclude the need for the property as a transportation facility.
1974Transbay Transit Terminal Transportation Study
Prepared for the Toll Bridge Authority, State of California
1988MTC Resolution 1876, making the Caltrain Extension a top priority for the region
1994The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board designates a site at Beale and Market streets as its preferred choice for a relocated terminal, with the Transbay Terminal as an alternative. The JPB also awarded a $2 million contract for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project. The San Mateo Transportation Authority provided matching funds, enabling the pivotal study to go forward.
1997Funding is cut off by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
1999San Francisco's Proposition H passes. San Francisco voters voiced overwhelming support for building the downtown Caltrain extension
2000 Jan

Memorandum of Understanding between the Caltrain JPB and the City and County of San Francisco, January 25, 2000

2000 Jul

New Transbay Terminal design unveiled (article in July 8, 2000 edition of SF Chronicle). This design includes the new downtown Caltrain station in its basement.

2001 JanTransbay Joint Powers Authority is formed
2001 Mar

SF Planning Department Transbay Terminal EIR Notice of Preparation ...preliminary steps in the process towards eventual construction of the new downtown Caltrain station, in the basement of a rebuilt Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets. This link takes you to drawings and maps of project proposals.

2001 OctAssembly Bill 1419 is vetoed by Governor Davis. AB1419 would have jump started the projected by transfering land
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