3 free roundtrip ferry rides offered to eligible local commuters

3 free roundtrip ferry rides offered to eligible local residents
Photo credited to SF Bay Ferry

Three free roundtrip rides on the Richmond Ferry, which currently takes commuters to and from San Francisco during weekday commute hours, are being offered to local residents who would have otherwise driven alone to work.

The Water Emergency Transit Agency (WETA) is offering the free rides via the Hopthru app, which can be downloaded in the iOS and Android stores.

To qualify, one must be an adult who lives or works in Contra Costa County, who typically drives alone to work and who agrees to complete a brief questionnaire aimed at assessing the program’s effectiveness. Also, individuals who have received any 511 Contra Costa promotion or program incentives from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, are not eligible to receive this incentive.

After your application is approved, WETA will send an email with information on how to receive the tickets through the Hopthru app. Trips must be taken by July 15.

Find information on and schedules for the Richmond-San Francisco ferry route here.

This promotion — funded by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District — is the latest effort by WETA to convince drivers to transition to the ferry for their work commutes.

Earlier this month, WETA’s Board of Directors approved a plan to temporarily reduce fares starting in July. Adult Clipper fares for one-way rides on the Richmond ferry during that time will be $4.50 compared with the current $7.

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