New San Francisco Bay Ferry Service Launched

Byline: Associated Press

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Commuters on both sides of San Francisco Bay gained another option to cross, when a new ferry route began running June 4.

The new service connecting South San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda is the first ferry run introduced since the Alameda to San Francisco line opened in March 1992, officials said.

Passengers rode for free the first week, as part of plan to create interest in the new route, according to officials with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, the agency that operates all but the Golden Gate ferry routes across San Francisco Bay.             One-way fares for the 40-minute trip are $7.

The San Mateo Times reported that the agency spent $25.3 million to build the new South San Francisco terminal and about $30,000 for upgrades at its East Bay facilities.

The agency also paid another $16 million for the two new 149-passenger boats, which are equipped with wireless Internet service and space for 30 bikes.


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