This month the BPC Resources & Infrastructure Committee hosted an important discussion about the future of water transit on the bay with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Executive Director Nina Rannells briefed members on the regional agency’s plans to significantly enhance ferry service on existing routes and expand to new locations around the bay. Water transit has become an increasingly attractive transit mode in recent years as Bay Area commuters grapple with an unprecedented traffic crisis; in fact, ridership across the WETA system has more than doubled in just the past seven years. Rannells highlighted the opportunity of Regional Measure 3 (which Bay Area voters passed last year) to fund a significant expansion of its service, vessels, and terminals. BPC is working with public and private ferry operators to facilitate the expansion of service by advocating for new funding and providing regulatory support in the permitting process for new facilities.
The committee also heard an exciting update from BPC member SFO International Airport, which announced the launch of a new last-mile connection shuttle bus to connect passengers from the South San Francisco Ferry Terminal to SFO, a free service open to the public that will allow travelers from the East Bay to take a convenient and reliable transportation option across the bay to catch their flight. Learn more about the SFO Shuttle here. Special thanks to Environmental Science Associates for hosting us.