The Port of San Francisco is preparing to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of a ferry landing in Mission Bay. And based on the Port’s internal timeline, construction of the Mission Bay Ferry Landing, which has yet to be funded, is anticipated to commence in 2020 and be completed in 2022.
Exactly where the landing will be located has yet to be finalized, but four alternatives have been identified and screened, and the recommended location is at Agua Vista Park, near the terminus of 16th Street. The four Alternatives and initial study thoughts:
Alternative A – Agua Vista Park (“16th Street”) site has the best wave climate of the various alternatives because BAE drydock shelters it from wind induced waves, eliminating the need for a breakwater system. Alternative A is within a block of the planned Golden State Warriors Arena, the 46-acre, 550-bed UCSF Mission Bay campus, the T-Third and future Central Subway light rail line and the planned transit priority line on 16th Street. One disadvantage for the Alternative A is its close proximity to the BAE San Francisco Ship Repair facility. BAE will need to maneuver vessels in or out of their facility, 5 to 10 times a month, and one of these vessels may delay ferry service. Additional dredging of Pier 64 is likely needed to provide ferry access from the north/northwest and to alleviate any navigational conflict with BAE. Staff recommends Alternative A as the preferred landing site.
Alternative B – South Street site is a viable location for the ferry landing provided a 350-foot fixed breakwater system east of the landing is constructed. Without the breakwater the wave conditions at the site, especially in the winter months, could frequently exceed operational limits for ferry service, resulting in increased downtime when compared to Alternative A.
Alternative C – Pier 54 South Side site is not a viable location for the ferry landing. The major disadvantage for the Alternative C location is that it requires a significant investment to seismically upgrade the entirety of Pier 54 to allow for construction of a new ferry landing. This location is also subjected to strong wave conditions resulting in potentially significant operational downtime. This option was removed from consideration early in the study.
Alternative D – The Pier 54 North Side site is a viable location for the ferry landing. The landing would be located at the northwest corner of Pier 54 requiring only a small portion of Pier 54 to be seismically isolated and upgraded. The interface between pedestrians accessing the ferry landing and vehicles accessing Pier 54 may be a disadvantage. Also the site is farther from the ‘epicenter’ of the Mission Bay Development, namely, 16th Street. The primary reason for Alternative D being the least expensive site is that it requires less dredging than Alternatives A and B.
In addition, the development of an independent water taxi landing, a little to the south of the Alternative A site for the ferry landing, has been recommended as well, with an estimated total project cost, for both the ferry and water taxi landings, ranging from $32.5 to $42.7 million depending on the location selected.
The Port is preparing to announce the existence of RFP for the Bay Ferry Landing project next month, issue it in July, and currently expects to commence the project design in December.