In March, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved the allocation of $20 million for an expansion project at the Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal.
By BC Staff
In March, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved the allocation of $20 million for an expansion project at the Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and be completed in late 2019, enhancing and improving facilities at the terminal.
The project includes construction of up to three new ferry gates and vessel berthing facilities that will support new ferry services from San Francisco to Richmond and Treasure Island, as well other potential locations currently under study. The project will also improve landside conditions at the terminal by providing new amenities such as weather-protected canopies, the construction of a new plaza area south of the Ferry Building, the extension of pedestrian promenade areas and other public access improvements.
The new gates and amenities will significantly improve waiting and queue conditions for existing riders and expand the space available for WETA to stage emergency water transit services in the event of a regional transportation disruption or disaster.
“This project is critical to our overall expansion efforts and to fulfilling our commitment to providing the San Francisco Bay Area with a robust ferry system,” said Nina Rannells, WETA executive director. “We’re grateful to the MTC for its generous funding in support of the Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal expansion project.”
WETA was established by the state legislature to operate an integrated regional ferry service, expand ferry service on the Bay, and coordinate the water transit response to a regional emergency. Under the San Francisco Bay Ferry brand, WETA operates daily passenger ferry service to the cities of Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco, Vallejo and South San Francisco.
To view a summary of the project design and more project details, visit sanfranciscobayferry.com.
A new Embarcadero Plaza will be created just to the south of the Ferry Building