While enhancing the economic viability and use of San Francisco’s Ferry Terminal and its surroundings is a key objective of the proposed Ferry Terminal Expansion, the driving force behind the project is the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).
By expanding the number of ferry gates and improving pedestrian circulation and boarding, the Ferry Terminal expansion project will enhance WETA’s emergency response capabilities to evacuate people from San Francisco in the event of a major catastrophic event, such as the Loma Prieta earthquake which disabled the Bay Bridge in 1989.
With seven new routes and ferry service from downtown San Francisco to Berkeley, Richmond, Treasure Island, Hercules, Martinez, Antioch and Redwood City planed to be introduced between 2014 and 2030, the ferry terminal will serve a projected 32,000 riders per weekday by 2035, up from around 10,000 passengers across six ferry routes today.
The current estimated cost for the expansion plan as proposed is roughly $93 million with the full build-out of the proposed improvements “contingent on potential ridership demand at full build-out of the proposed Treasure Island redevelopment.”
With no plans to incorporate a landing for water taxis at the Terminal as part of the expansion, Pier 1½ in the upper right corner of the photo above would continue to serve as the downtown stop for water taxi and shuttle services on the Bay.