WETA, the agency that provides San Francisco Bay Ferry service, has signed onto a national commitment by transit agencies to cut emissions.
The U.S. Federal Transit Administration's Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge encourages transit agencies to take bold actions and investments to cut GHG emissions. The challenge calls on transit agencies to develop climate action strategies with measurable goals to achieve GHG emission targets.
In support of this commitment, WETA is already taking immediate steps toward reducing emissions. WETA is currently undertaking a two-pronged study on transitioning its fleet to zero emission vessels. One portion of the study is focused on shoreside infrastructure needs to facilitate such a transition, while the other track of the study is looking closely at alternative propulsion vessel technology. WETA has also begun a project to reduce air pollution emissions by 80% in its four Gemini class ferries, converting the vessels’ engines to the cleanest applicable technology currently available.
As of the start of December, WETA is one of 170 transit agencies nationwide to sign onto the challenge.