more ferries coming soon, serving new routes and destinations
The big WETA and Golden Gate ferries that serve the region’s heavy commute corridors will soon be complemented by nimble, privately financed and operated ferries on several new routes. Two private operators—Tideline Marine Group and Prop SF—gained approval this week from the California Public Utilities Commission to inaugurate new service that will enable commuters to avoid traffic on congested highways and bridges. Tideline and Prop SF are both eyeing service to San Francisco from Berkeley and Emeryville, with Redwood City also in Prop SF’s initial plans. Expanding regional ferry service is one of the Council’s top 2016 priorities as part of its overall transportation policy agenda.
Along with urging the CPUC to approve these private ferry operators, the Council also has been hard at work to support expansion of the public ferry system. Under the leadership of Board Chair Jody Breckenridge and Vice Chair and Council CEO Jim Wunderman, WETA’s new Strategic Plan envisions ferry service coming to Mission Bay and Redwood City, and the Council is deeply involved at both locations to accelerate construction of ferry terminals. To engage with the Council’s ferry efforts, please contact Policy Manager Emily Loper.