Islais Creek SFMTA Facility Fails to Deliver on its Promises

As the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s (SFMTA) new Islais Creek facility nears completion, a coalition of labor and environmental groups who helped spearhead its approval feel like they’ve been stranded at the proverbial bus stop.

The $127 million complex will replace SFMTA’s 67-year old Kirkland facility near Fisherman’s Wharf, which houses more than half of the City’s bus fleet. In addition to parking for 160 hybrid busses, the 8.4-acre site, located between Indiana Street and Interstate 280, will include a repair building, washing station and a maintenance and operations structure.

It was supposed to feature a two-story entry lobby, with public restrooms and wraparound staircase leading to a balcony overlooking the creek. The idea was for the public to be able to utilize the lobby as a meeting room, and view environmental artifacts and displays honoring the area’s labor history. Just the meeting room has survived; it may wind up being accessible only by appointment. It’s been cut off from the lobby, which has shrunken, according to architect Robin Chiang, to “a staircase vestibule.” [Read the full story at The Potrero View]