Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Two New Ferry Gates of San Francisco

By Karen Robes Meeks

Bay Area civic and transportation leaders recently celebrated the opening of the second of two new ferry gates that are part of the $98 million downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal Expansion. The project seeks to boost downtown ferry capacity to meet growing demand for San Francisco Bay Ferry ridership.

“Right now it is simply too difficult for many people to commute in and out of San Fran-cisco,” said Mayor London Breed. “Our population and our economy are growing. We need to make sure that we continue to invest in our transportation infrastructure to break the gridlock, and this includes expanding our ferry service throughout the Bay Area.”

Ridership has doubled since 2012, officials said.

“San Francisco Bay Ferry service is growing with new routes and more passengers than ever,” said Nina Rannells, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transit Authority. “These new gates in downtown San Francisco increase our capacity and represent a major upgrade to our busiest terminal. This is a huge milestone for this project and for the growth of WETA’s ferry service in the Bay Area.”