South San Ferry Service in Full Swing

The service between Alameda-Oakland and South San Francisco started June 4 and served as a good substitute for commuters affected by the Bart fire and service disruption of June 14.

The East Bay-South San Francisco service is the first new water transit route on the Bay in nearly 20 years and goes direct from Alameda’s Main Street Ferry Terminal and Oakland’s Jack London Square to the new Oyster Point Ferry Terminal.

Tickets are $7 each way.

Ferries leave Alameda for South San Fran at 6:25, 7:25 and 7:55 a.m. Monday through Friday. Return trips are set for 4:15 and 5:45 p.m.

The ride lasts about 45 minutes and includes free WiFi.

“Our vision for the future of transportation around the Bay Area includes a robust ferry system, starting with this important step in serving the vibrant and growing employer base in South San Francisco,” said Nina Rannells, executive director of San Francisco Bay Ferry, in a press release. “In addition to providing an alternative to our increasingly congested roadways, this ensures emergency access to the Peninsula and San Francisco Airport if highway transit is ever disrupted.”

The ferries can take on more than 30 bicycles. In addition, the Peninsula Congestion Relief Alliance and Genentech shuttles meet ferry arrivals and deliver riders to major employer locations.

The two vessels serving the route carry up to 149 passengers and travel at a top speed of 25 knots.

Janet Levaux