Ferry service launches between Richmond and San Francisco


RICHMOND (KRON) — The always abysmal morning and evening commute just got a little easier for people living in or near the city of Richmond.

Today, the new Richmond ferry terminal opened.

“It’s fabulous — exciting,” said Richmond resident Benita Kapoor.

Tina Hashami frequents Richmond. “We have been looking forward for this day for a long time,” she said.

The first trip from the new terminal on Harbour Way south near the Craneway Pavilion launched at 6:10 a.m. in the morning — one of six round trips offered on weekdays during the morning and evening commutes.

Several hundred people showed up for the grand opening.

With AC transit bus services connecting BART riders to the new terminal and, free limited parking in the lot — the new ferry service is expected give travelers a cheaper and quicker connection to San Francisco with the average trip lasting just 35 minutes.

“It’s only $6.75 each way with a clipper card — $9 cash fare,” said Thomas Hall with the San Francisco Bay Ferry. “We do have discounts for the disabled, seniors and children — only 4.50 each way. it’s really affordable and a lot better than paying for gas and bridge tolls.”

Some are disappointed the service is only offered on weekdays and does not have rides running through the afternoon. “Me and my co-workers were planning to take a ferry to San Francisco for lunch,” said Yangzhu Long, who works in Richmond.

But Hall says there are plans for an expansion of this $20 million project funded by the state and federal governments.

Expansion not only of the services in Richmond, but the entire ferry system.

“That calls for 17 terminals throughout the Bay Area. 44 vessels and quadrupling our ridership,” said Hall.

Hall says about 10,000 people ride the ferry in the Bay Area each weekday.

He expects that number to reach 40,000 a day by the year 2035.



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