In a development that takes a little more of the shine off San Francisco's new Transbay Transit Center, the principal contractor on the project is suing the agency that oversees the facility for breach of contract.
Transit service to the facility remains shut down after the discovery last month of cracked structural steel — a development that also forced closure of the center's rooftop park.
Now comes wrangling over who should bear the financial brunt of the transit center's long-delayed opening.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court, the contractor — Webcor-Obayashi Joint Venture — says the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has improperly withheld $150 million in payments to penalize it for delays in finishing the project.
But Webcor-Obayashi says the agency itself is responsible for the delays because it made extensive plan changes during construction and committed a long series of design missteps.