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Salesforce’s Annual Traffic Snarl Worsens After Terminal Closes

  • Gridlock hits San Francisco’s streets near Dreamforce meeting
  • Cracks in steel beams shut city’s new regional transit hub
The Salesforce Transit Center is seen blocked off with police tape in San Francisco on Sept. 25.

The Salesforce Transit Center is seen blocked off with police tape in San Francisco on Sept. 25.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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San Francisco’s financial district, usually jammed with traffic during Salesforce.com Inc.’s annual Dreamforce conference, has been thrown into chaos after a new transportation terminal, named for the software company, was closed through next week.

Authorities found cracks in two steel beams supporting the city’s new $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center, where buses from throughout the Bay Area drop off and pick up tens of thousands of daily commuters. The software company purchased the naming rights in a sponsorship deal for the center, which opened to fanfare just last month. Buses were rerouted to their temporary hub nearby, used for years while the terminal was under construction. The Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which runs the transit center, advised motorists to avoid driving downtown.