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Input from Ferry Riders Needed

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The Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay ferries are seeking community input on how to improve customer access to the Alameda Main Street and Harbor Bay Ferry terminals.

The first public meetings is set for 5:15-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at Bay Farm Elementary School, 200 Aughinbaugh Way, in the Multi-Purpose Room; a second meeting will take place from 5:15-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, at Maya Lin Elementary (near Main St. Ferry Terminal), 825 Taylor Ave, Multipurpose Room. (The second meeting has been moved to Maya Lin school from the Academy of Alameda.)

The public workshops aim to foster discussion about proposed improvements to the two ferry terminals.

For a look at the proposals, go to the San Francisco Ferry website, click on “News” and “June Workshops-Alameda.”

Those community members who cannot attend are asked to submit comments by July 30 to access_study@watertransit.org.

For the Main Street Ferry Terminal, specific improvements under consideration include steps to:
-Convert Dog Park to Ferry Parking, Relocate Dog Park to another City-owned site
-Open Officer’s Club Parking Lot to Ferry Commuter Parking
-Close Bike Lane Gap between Ferry Terminal and Singleton Avenue on Main Street
-Add Bicycle Racks and E-lockers
-Add Pedestrian Crossing to Main Street west of the Terminal entrance
-Reroute Existing AC Transit Local 31 bus to serve Main Street terminal
-Reroute AC Transit Transbay buses to serve Main Street terminal
-Implement New Shuttle Service linking nearby residential areas and Ferry Terminal

For the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, specific improvements under consideration include measures that would:
-Convert Undeveloped Lot Adjacent to Ferry Terminal to Ferry Parking
-Eliminate or Modify Parking Restrictions on the North Side of Adelphian Way
-Eliminate or Modify Parking Restrictions on the Sorth Side of Adelphian Way
-Add Bicycle Racks and E-lockers
-Reroute Existing AC Transit Local 21 bus to better serve residential areas near Ferry Terminal
-Reroute Transbay buses to serve Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal
-Expand Existing Shuttle Service to better link nearby residential areas and/or satellite parking lots with Ferry Terminal

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Take the Ferry to Fleet Week

Alameda Ferry Terminal by Flickr user Nathan Jongewaard under Creative Commons attribution license

Photo of Alameda Ferry Terminal by Flickr user Nathan Jongewaard under Creative Commons attribution license

For those Alamedans looking for a fun, easy way to get to Fleet Week, try the ferry!

The Alameda/Oakland Ferry Service has added ferry service for the Fleet Week weekend, October 10-11.

The annual Fleet Week celebration, which features weekend air shows and the popular Parade of Ships, is expected to draw thousands of spectators to the San Francisco waterfront. To accommodate anticipated demand and provide the best views on the Bay, the ferry will run 18 roundtrips per day, compared to the usual nine.

The Air Shows take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-3 p.m., with the Blue Angels scheduled from 3-4 p.m. Their will also be practice shows on Friday, October 9.

The expanded schedule offers hourly departures beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding with a 10:30 p.m. East Bay departure to San Francisco. In addition, there is service to Angel Island State Park on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no weekend service from Harbor Bay Island.

The Alameda/Oakland Ferry operates between the Alameda Main Street Ferry Terminal, Oakland’s Jack London Square, the San Francisco Ferry Building, and San Francisco’s Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf. In addition, the ferry provides service to Angel Island State Park on weekends.

The Alameda Ferry Terminal is located at 2990 Main Street, and free parking is available adjacent to the terminal. The Oakland Ferry Terminal is located at 530 Water Street, near the intersection of Clay Street and the Embarcadero, in Jack London Square. Tickets are purchased onboard the ferry.

One-way fares are: adults, $6.25; juniors ages 5 to 12 years old, $3.25; seniors and disabled persons, $3.75; and children under 5 years old, free.

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