Berkeley Ferry Terminal May Yet Become a Reality

According to the Alameda County Transportation Commission, ferry riders may soon again have access to The Berkeley Marina’s historic pier, which was remained abandoned nearly eight years since it closed.

A resumption of ferry service to Berkeley was first proposed in 2016 by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, which is responsible for developing and operating all ferry transportation on the San Francisco Bay — including five new ferry terminal projects in the past decade.

It was later approved as part of the final “Plan Bay Area 2050” process in 2021.

Once completed, the Berkeley ferry terminal will provide an alternative for commuters currently reliant on the Bay Bridge and BART’s Transbay Tube.

Originally built in 1926 by the Golden Gate Ferry Co., the pier served pedestrians and automobiles seeking transit to San Francisco.

Unfortunately, the service was discontinued in 1937 when the city acquired the structure.

Cultural Currents readers will welcome the opportunity to gain greater access to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, as well as the Berkeley Reperatory Theatre.