THE BAY LINE VISION
Architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have a vision. While the Metropolitan Transit Commission plans to tear down the 73-year old eastern span of the Bay Bridge and replace it with a new bridge, Rael and San Fratello ask the question: What could be done to the old bridge if it were left standing?
Once the bridge is no longer needed as a major transit throughway, they suggest retrofitting the bridge for seismic safety and using 1.9 miles of the historic bridge to create a massive public park, housing and entertainment. Here, Rael discusses the plan that has spawned a grassroots movement to save the old span from demolition.
We invite you to learn more about the project and join the conversation by posting a comment below. Download a PDF of the Bay Line Proposal.
ESTIMATED COSTS653,400 sq. feet: Park activities $200/sf: $131 million
980,100 sq. feet: Housing/commercial $400/sf: $392 million
Seismic retrofit of the Bay Bridge: $200 million
Total Cost of Construction for Bay Line: $723 million