Next, You’ll Tell Us There are Flying Ferries. Wait… What?
The Bay Area Council’s Waterfront Mobility Committee convened in a packed room of ferry enthusiasts on Wednesday (Sept. 27) to discuss futuristic ferry technologies that are revolutionizing water transportation. Members first heard a presentation by Sampriti Bhattacharyya, CEO of Navier, which is developing electric hydrofoil vessels to operate a “flying” water taxi service on the bay, and they discussed the opportunity of these unique vessels to access new parts of the bay.
Seamus Murphy, Executive Director of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority and co-chair of the Waterfront Mobility Committee, gave a comprehensive update on the public ferry agency’s progress towards decarbonizing its vessel fleet. The meeting was capped off by an exclusive tour of the Sea Change vessel – the first passenger hydrogen ferry vessel in the world – which San Francisco Bay Ferry will operate between the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf in the coming weeks. To engage in the Council’s water transit work, please contact Vice President Emily Loper.