High-speed ferry, CETUS (Photo by Paul Duclos)

WETA Asks Ferry Riders to Reflect on 2021…And Look Ahead


The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) notes that as we enter a new year, it’s a good time to reflect on the extraordinary changes San Francisco Bay Ferry has experienced over the past 12 months.

According to WETA, here’s they have accomplished in 2021:

·       Adopted and implemented WETA’s Pandemic Recovery Program, which incentivized ridership return by slashing fares by up to 30% and creating more frequent and flexible ferry schedules to improve accessibility to the system

·       Launched the new Alameda Seaplane ferry route at the Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal at Alameda Point

·       Relaunched the Oakland & Alameda ferry route, providing for the first time ever dedicated commute service between Oakland and Downtown San Francisco

·       Resumed service on the Harbor Bay and South San Francisco ferry routes

·       Brought back weekend service, where ridership has been especially strong

·       Welcomed increasing counts of passengers since expanding service and lowering fares

And here’s what they’re working on in 2022:

·        Analyzing ridership and revenue sources to determine service levels and a long-term fare program

·       Continuing work on WETA’s 2050 Service Vision and Business Plan, a blueprint for the next three decades of growth for the ferry system

·       Putting MV Dorado into service — a versatile 320-passenger jet boat under construction in Washington

·       Closing the funding gap for the Mission Bay Ferry Landing and starting work on WETA’s first electric ferry

·       Finalizing plans for potential ferry service in Berkeley and Redwood City