Historic PLA Announced for Transbay Transit Center

November 15, 2011 - The Board of Directors of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has approved an historic agreement with the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council and 28 separate unions for $4 billion of construction work on the Transbay Transit Center.

The Center is planned as a “Grand Central Station of the West,” in the heart of new transit-friendly neighborhood, which will transform downtown San Francisco and the regional transportation system.  It is scheduled for completion in 2017 and will serve up to 45 million people annually.

The PLA will create thousands of construction jobs, ensures timely and cost-effective completion, contains provisions to hire local workers and include small and disadvantaged businesses, and includes a “Helmets to Hardhats” section to ensure opportunities for military members and veterans.  The agreement has also resulted in a groundbreaking plan to support the reborn shop programs in San Francisco schools and tie them to apprenticeship opportunities.

The JTPA’s announcement of the agreement said it is “designed to ensure labor peace and equal opportunity for small, local, disadvantaged, union and non-union businesses.”

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