Public Invited To Ride New San Francisco Bay Ferry In Contra Costa County

January 9, 2019 10:00 am · 7 comments

The City of Richmond and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) invite you to celebrate the launch of San Francisco Bay Ferry service between Richmond and San Francisco on January 10 at 1:30 p.m. at The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond.

The event including the short rides are free and open to the public.

The official start of ferry service connecting Richmond to the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco begins the same day at 6:10 a.m. on January 10.

The launch event later that day will celebrate the new service.

  • When will service begin? Service launches on January 10, 2019 at 6:10 a.m.
  • How much will it cost? The adult cash fare will be $9, while Clipper Card users will receive a discounted adult fare of $6.75. The disabled, youth (5-18 years) and senior (65+) rate is $4.50. Click here for fare details.
  • What will the ferry schedule be? See the Richmond schedule here. We are planning four runs from Richmond to San Francisco during morning commute hours and four runs from San Francisco to Richmond in the evening commute hours, with limited reverse commute service as well. Boats depart at the scheduled time. Boarding is first come, first served. Please arrive at the terminal and be ready to board at least five minutes prior to departure.
  • How long is the ride? Transit time between Richmond and San Francisco is approximately 35 minutes.
  • About our ferries San Francisco Bay Ferry carries 2.8 million customers a year on a fleet of 14 vessels (with more on the way). Learn more about the fleet.
  • What is riding the ferry like? If you’ve never commuted by ferry, you’re in for a treat. All of our vessels offer comfortable seating, snack bars with beverage service, complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and are ADA accessible. Oh, there are also some pretty nice views. Questions about riding the ferry? Visit our FAQ/rider info page.
  • How do I get to the terminal? It’s easy to access the terminal from Interstate 580 and the greater Richmond area by car or bicycle. (We’re on the Bay Trail). Get directions here. AC Transit Line 74 operates between the Richmond Ferry Terminal to central Richmond, including the Richmond BART and Amtrak stations.
  • Where do I park? Free parking for ferry customers is available in the lot adjacent to the terminal and includes 362 spaces, with 15 public access spaces and eight accessible spaces. Please note that the lot is unattended. No overnight parking is permitted. Parking is first come, first served.
  • Can I bring my bike on the ferry? You are welcome to board the ferry with your bicycle. If you prefer to leave it at the Richmond terminal, there will be 20 secure BikeLink lockers as well as additional rack space.
Silva January 9, 2019 at 10:59 AM

That’s fantastic! Right by the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. That’s such a beautiful spot on the bay.

polarbearmarket January 9, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Great news! Now can we add Hercules, Rodeo, Crockett, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch etc? We have a Bay wide open and available for traffic. Take the pressure off the roadways and the dreaded BART.

concord ygnacio January 9, 2019 at 1:51 PM

This is bad news:

“Please note that the lot is unattended. No overnight parking is permitted”

Couple that with it’s in Richmond, that will just be an open invitation to burglars to break into your car.

Not smart.

Natalie January 9, 2019 at 1:58 PM

It would be cheaper and quicker to take BART directly into SF. Taking the ferry requires stopping in Oakland to transfer to a Richmond bound BART train, taking the bus from Richmond BART to the ferry terminal, then waiting for a boat.

Mir24 January 9, 2019 at 2:35 PM

Natalie, the post says the ferry is from Richmond to/from SF, no Bart involved. The website shows the same boarding spot for Oakland ferry, but I assume it’s a different boat. Some people will pay more for a relaxed commute. I’m grateful I no longer have to commute to SF. Bart was convenient but such a pain that I went back to driving the last few years.

giddyup January 9, 2019 at 2:05 PM

Wow! Would a ferry from Martinez to San Francisco be great, or what?

anotheranon January 9, 2019 at 4:32 PM

And FREE parking. Remember when BART parking was free? And tolls on the Bay bridge were only a couple bucks, with a discount for using scrip books? Now tolls have increased dramatically, and NO discount for using FastTrac. Time marches on. And on. I even remember when garbage collection in Concord was about $12/month for a 40 gallon can, and the guys would come into your back yard to empty your can; now we pay a lot more and have to wheel the containers out to the street. And there’s only a single driver now, at much higher rates.

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