Richmond Ferry ridership exceeds first month expectations

Richmond Ferry ridership exceeds first month expectations
Passengers board the ferry via the Richmond terminal during the launch party and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

So far, Richmond Ferry service has gone on swimmingly, according to city of Richmond officials.

Nearly 14,000 passengers rode the Richmond Ferry in the first month of service, averaging 636 passengers per weekday, according to the Water Emergency Transportation Agency, which oversees San Francisco Bay Ferry.

That’s nearly 50-percent more than projected for the first year of service, according to Richmond City Manager Carlos Martinez’s weekly newsletter. 

“In addition to the typical commuters, there are roughly a dozen reverse commuters who work in Richmond, and WETA has seen a decent number of folks taking the ferry into San Francisco in the evenings,” the newsletter states.

Also benefiting from the new ferry? The Craneway Pavilion, where more than 100 attendees of a recent conference used the ferry to get there, the newsletter states.

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Richmond Ferry service began Jan. 10 and currently features weekday service from Richmond to San Francisco during the morning and evening commute hours, each way taking about 35 minutes. Service could expand into weekends as ridership and demand grows. The adult fare to ride is $9, while Clipper Card users receive a discounted adult fare of $6.75.

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