A rendering of the South San Francisco Ferry Terminal - Oyster Point Marina, prepared for the San Francisco Bay Area Emergency Transportation Authority by ROMA Design Group in association with Moffatt & Nichol and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger.
The first phase of the project, completed in December, involved removing two Oyster Point Marina docks, shortening three others, and dredging the entrance channel and terminal basin to 10 ft.
The next phase will include construction of a 4,000-sq-ft terminal and a 92-ft-long, 12-ft-wide floating gangway and installing the 130-ft-long by 40-ft-wide float.
"This will be the first new ferry terminal in San Francisco Bay in a long time,” says John Sindzinski, manager of planning at WETA. “Its part of an overall program to increase water-transit service to help improve traffic and provide alternatives to driving. Its also intended to be an important asset in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.”
Sindzinski says Oyster Marina "is a sheltered marina, protected by breakwaters," which makes working on the ferry project easier than in other parts of the Bay.
The trip from South San Francisco to East Bay is estimate to take approximately 30 minutes.
- Groundbreaking ceremony October 19, 2009
- Demolition and Dredging, Fall 2009
- Terminal Construction, 2010-2012
- Initial ferry service projected for 2012
WETA (the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority) was established by SB 976, and replaces the WTA (Water Transit Authority). The intention of SB 976 is to improve the ability of ferries to respond in an emergency.