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Old Posted Dec 18, 2009, 5:53 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Transit/Transportation News

Creation of a regional or city transit thread here seems to be what others are doing and there are some transit developments in the Bay Area that people may want to know about and discuss but aren't worthy of a separate thread so I hope this will be useful.

To begin:

Friday, December 18, 2009
Ferry authority to start building S.S.F. terminal
San Francisco Business Times - by Eric Young

A plan to triple ferry ridership on the San Francisco Bay is taking a major step forward with the construction of a new terminal in South San Francisco.

With the $26 million South San Francisco project getting underway, the region’s ferry agency finally is able to foresee the first of seven new ferry routes expected to crisscross the bay in coming years . . . .

The authority has been in planning mode since its creation in 1999. Over the years the agency has had planning slowed or stopped because of its high dependency on volatile state funding. If it can complete the buildout of seven new ferry terminals around the bay, the authority estimates about 10 million commuters a year will use the new routes, up from about 3.3 million now . . . .

The authority gets the bulk of its $18.3 million budget from bridge tolls. Another major source that has been promised but not consistently delivered is $25 million annually from Proposition 1B, the 2006 California infrastructure bond . . . .

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Ferry route moving forward with terminal construction:
Route: South San Francisco to Oakland.
What: Terminal construction, 2010-2011.
When: Initial ferry service projected for 2011.

Other planned ferry routes:
Antioch/Pittsburg to Martinez to San Francisco.
Berkeley to San Francisco.
Hercules to San Francisco.
Redwood City to San Francisco.
Richmond to San Francisco.
Treasure Island to San Francisco.
Source: Water Emergency Transportation Authority.
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