New features slated for transit hub to be revealed 

The $1.6 billion Transbay Transit Center will feature an expansive geothermal heating system, a unique stormwater-recycling plant, massive rows of windows for natural lighting and irrigation systems that will reduce runoff by 70 percent from existing levels, according to an update to the downtown development that will be presented today.

For the first time since the California High-Speed Rail Authority selected the new Transbay Transit Center as its San Francisco terminus, the development’s board of directors will receive a design update on the project from Pelli Clarke Pelli, the architecture firm heading the undertaking.

Along with touting the center’s environmental achievements, the architecture firm will provide new highlights on the development’s 5.4-acre park, which include a 1,000-foot-long fountain, a 1,000-person amphitheater and a 170-foot-wide walking path, which will one day host an annual 5-kilometer road race.

The design presentation will be made at the Transbay Joint Powers Authority board of directors meeting at 9:30 a.m. today at City Hall.

Construction on the project should begin this summer, with the final completion date of the mixed-use development slated for 2017. The state’s planned high-speed rail line, which would connect passengers from Anaheim to San Francisco, is expected to begin full service in 2020.

The Transbay Transit Center will replace the existing Transbay Transit Terminal, which is located at Mission and First streets.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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