Jan 19, 2015

For Mayor Tom Butt, the ferry terminal project near Craneway Pavilion in Richmond can’t break ground soon enough.

On Monday, the mayor sent us an email with the photo below, informing us that a ferry dock at Craneway recently sank.

ferrydocksunk.1-19The dock, which the Contra Costa Times reported sank earlier this month following the winter storms, might soon be replaced with a brand new ferry terminal serving San Francisco.  The mayor told us the project is “one of my highest priorities.”

The project is apparently also on the fast track.

The West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC) board is set to make important decisions at its Friday meeting that would move the project closer to construction. (agenda packet here)

The board will decide whether to approve Measure J funds for at least 10 years for ferry operations. It will also decide whether to approve the Draft Richmond Ferry Project Agreement between Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).

That agreement would have the terminal operating three weekday ferry trips from Richmond to San Francisco in the mornings (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.), with two reverse commute trips back to Richmond during the morning commute.

For the evening commute (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), there would be four weekday ferry trips from San Francisco to Richmond, with three reverse commutes back to San Francisco.

The agreement, however, includes no weekend and holiday service and no service to San Francisco Giants games, as the AT&T Park dock is at capacity.

Adult fares would be $8.30 one-way, or $6.25 with a Clipper card. The youth and senior fare would be $4.10 and children under 5 would ride for free.

If the draft agreement is approved, WETA would move forward by procuring the vessels and constructing the terminals.

We will update our readers following Friday’s decision.


  1. While I appreciate reading about this next ferry proposal, what I’m really interested in is how the ferry dock sank. What’s the story with that one? This was just recently used for other events. Was this one of those sinkings that took days or was it a catastrophic sinking that could have put people at risk? Who owns this dock? Was it the City? If so, is there a proposal to float and repair it?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

    Don Gosney | Jan 19th, 2015
  2. Having a ferry terminal here in Richmond might be of value to some residents, what will be the benefit to the City as a whole? Is this one of those projects that all of us gets to pay for so a small number of people living in the Point and the Marina can have an alternative means of getting to San Francisco?

    The ferries that RIchmond has had in the recent past weren’t sustainable so it begs the question about the sustainability of this proposal.

    In particular, exactly what will this cost the people of Richmond? I’ve yet to see an details come before the Council so it makes me wonder.

    Don Gosney | Jan 19th, 2015
  3. Having a ferry terminal in Richmond opens up the whole of our fair city to an easier commute to work in San Francisco but it also could bring people TO Richmond to, for example, tour our historic sites. Also, I believe there is a plan to open up the boardwalk in Marina Bay to more restaurants and shops not to mention easy access to The Craneway. Have you noticed the new types of events there lately?

    Pat Kiely | Jan 19th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.