San Francisco Bay Ferry service will be free on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in celebration of California Clean Air Day.
“Ferries are a critical piece of the Bay Area transportation puzzle, providing a clean congestion-relieving transit option to get travelers out of their cars,” WETA Executive Director Seamus Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve been busy improving the rider experience in addition to reducing emissions from our ferries, and we welcome commuters to take advantage of a free ride on Clean Air Day on October 5. Once you take a ferry, it’s really hard to go back to sitting in gridlock on the freeway.”
The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), which operates San Francisco Bay Ferry, said it has the nation’s cleanest high-speed passenger ferry service, with 10 of the agency’s 16 vessels meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) diesel emissions standards with Tier 4 engines. Another two ferries are slated to be upgraded to those standards in the coming months. WETA is also working on developing a zero-emission ferry system.