Mayor London Breed, Regional Ferry Service Providers, and City Agencies Announce Interim Ferry Service for Chase Center Events in Mission Bay
Mission Bay Interim Ferry Landing estimated to be operational on October 1, 2019 for special events to alleviate traffic congestion during special events at Chase Center until permanent landing is built in 2021
San Francisco, CA— Mayor London N. Breed, regional ferry providers, and City leaders today announced a new interim ferry landing and ferry service for the Mission Bay neighborhood during special events at Chase Center this fall. While a permanent ferry landing is scheduled to open to serve Mission Bay, it won’t be complete until 2021. The Interim Landing is expected to be operational for special events including the 2019/2020 Golden State Warriors basketball season on October 1, 2019.
This Interim Landing comes as the City is preparing for Chase Center to open this fall. Mayor Breed has convened an inter-departmental Chase Center Working Group, consisting of over a dozen city departments, the Golden State Warriors, and Mission Bay stakeholders. A key component of this Working Group’s tasks is to prepare a transportation plan to ensure residents and visitors can access public transportation when traveling to and from Chase Center.
“We need to continue to invest in our transportation infrastructure so that we can have a successful opening of Chase Center that also works for the Mission Bay neighborhood and residents,” said Mayor Breed. “While we wait for the long-term ferry landing that will serve the community year-round, this interim ferry service will help us address congestion during Warriors game and other special events. This is all part of the City’s commitment to a successful opening of Chase Center this fall.”
The Mission Bay Interim Ferry Landing will be located at Pier 48 ½ in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. It will consist of one temporary float, loaned by the Water Emergency Transportation Agency (WETA). The Interim Ferry Landing will have the capacity for special event service from regional ferry providers including San Francisco Bay Ferry and Golden Gate Ferry and may serve the Oakland-Alameda, South San Francisco, and Larkspur ferry routes. The Interim Landing is currently in the design process, and agency authorization and permitting is in process. Construction is expected to begin in August pending permitting. The estimated cost is up to $500,000 and it is estimated to be operational from October 1, 2019 through 2021 when the permanent Mission Bay Ferry Landing is completed.
“We're really excited to work with the Port of San Francisco and other stakeholders on a temporary Mission Bay landing and hope to offer ferry service to Chase Center next season,” said WETA Executive Director Nina Rannells. “Additionally, our staff is working closely with the Port on developing a permanent ferry terminal in this area. We look forward to permanently extending the reach of ferry service to this fast-developing area of San Francisco.”
"Golden Gate Ferry is committed to doing all we can to reduce roadway congestion. Our customers have expressed strong interest in traveling by ferry to Mission Bay and we're working steadily with our agency partners to turn that hope into a reality," said Jim Swindler, Golden Gate Ferry Deputy General Manager.
“Water transit is a priority for the City and the Port is ready to deliver on that priority,” said Port of San Francisco Executive Director Elaine Forbes. “While we’re looking forward to the permanent landing in the future, providing interim service now is essential to ensuring that the public has as many transit options available from day one, including ferries, which we hope to see become an integral part of how we get around the City and the Bay Area.”
The Port of San Francisco is currently underway with design and permitting for the permanent Mission Bay Ferry Landing. However, the Mission Bay Ferry Landing is one of the projects eligible for funding by Regional Measure 3, which increased bridge tolls across the Bay Area to pay for public transportation improvements and other projects aimed at reducing congestion. RM3 is currently tied up in litigation, so funds are not being awarded to eligible projects. It is for this reason that the Landing won’t be completed until at least 2021.
It will have the capacity for daily ferry commuting to and from the Mission Bay neighborhood, one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in San Francisco, as well as the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Pier 70, and the Central Waterfront neighborhoods. The Mission Bay Ferry Landing will provide capability to berth two ferry boats simultaneously and may include a nearby water taxi landing. It is estimated that the ferry landing will have the capacity to carry up to 6,000 passengers per day. The Landing would sit within a half mile of approximately 11,000 new homes, 7 million square feet of new office and commercial space, over 1 million square feet of new retail space and 70 acres of public open space.
Additionally, the terminal is planned within one block from the T Third line, which is underway for extension to San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood. It will be an easy walk to Chase Center, the UCSF Mission Bay hospital and campus, and to San Francisco’s related life sciences community. The terminal is essential to alleviate current regional transportation overcrowding, and provide transportation resiliency in the event of an earthquake, BART or Bay Bridge failure, or other unplanned event. Sea level rise planning will be incorporated in the Ferry Landing design. It is anticipated that construction will be completed in fall 2021. The total project cost is estimated to be approximately $45 million.
The Mission Bay Ferry Landing project is led by the Port of San Francisco, in consultation with the Mayor’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), and consulting design teams. Stakeholders for the Program include the residents of San Francisco, Port of San Francisco tenants, and regional, state, federal, and private partners.
The Port of San Francisco manages the waterfront as the gateway to a world-class City, and advances environmentally and financially sustainable maritime, recreational and economic opportunities to serve the San Francisco Bay Area and California.
For more information on the Mission Bay Interim Ferry Landing and the Mission Bay Ferry Landing, visit sfport.com/mission-bay-ferry-landing.