Bay Ferry 2050 continues to re-imagine the future of water transportation on the San Francisco Bay. Help San Francisco Bay Ferry decide on and approve a final Ferry Service Vision for the year 2050. 

Take our 5-minute survey and be entered into a drawing to win a raffle prize at the end of the survey. We need your voice to help us make the tough trade-offs between environmental sustainability, service expansion, service frequency and speed, and affordability. 

Share the survey with your friends, family and network. We all have a stake in ferry service on the Bay!

The Service Vision that will be outlined in Bay Ferry 2050 cannot be accomplished without additional funding. Fortunately, in January, the Supreme Court of California dismissed an appeal challenging Regional Measure 3, a voter-approved measure that provides hundreds of millions of dollars to support sustainable expansion of San Francisco Bay Ferry service.

Championed by officials including former Assemblymembers David Chiu and Rob Bonta as well as regional business and advocacy groups including the Bay Area Council and SPUR, Regional Measure 3 will deliver $300 million in capital funding and up to $35 million in annual operations funding for the ferry system.

In the coming weeks and months, the WETA Board of Directors will discuss priority planning for ferry system sustainability and expansion. This is exciting news in our quest to deliver a world-class ferry system for the Bay Area, and we look forward to incorporating passenger feedback into that vision.

Passengers on San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Alameda Seaplane route can leave their cars at home thanks to the free connection provided by AC Transit’s Line 78.

Line 78 is a pilot line offered by AC Transit that connects the Alameda Seaplane Ferry Terminal to Fruitvale BART. Passengers who ride Line 78 to the ferry (or vice versa) and tag with Clipper on both legs receive a $2.25 discount that offsets the cost of the bus ride.

The discount is only available to passengers who use Clipper. Line 78 currently offers timed transfers to and from the Alameda Seaplane ferry in the morning and evening commute periods. Check the schedule on AC Transit’s website.

Line 78 travels down Santa Clara Avenue between Broadway and Webster, before heading north on Webster to Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway. From there it heads to the ferry terminal. The bus stop is right in front of the terminal, making for a breezy connection.

On days with inclement weather, the bus is a great option for those who typically ride their bicycles to the ferry.

WETA, the agency that provides San Francisco Bay Ferry, is currently hiring an Operations Analyst to help deliver a world-class ferry system for the San Francisco Bay Area.

This position is for a versatile analyst within the Operations and Management Division at WETA. Applicants should be comfortable with data, contract management, and collaboration. No maritime experience is necessary. The annual salary range is approximately $97,000 to $139,000.


Welcome back to Dock-tionary, where we help ferry fans learn how to speak boat. This month, we’re breaking down the nautical terms starboard and port and why these words are used by mariners worldwide, including our ferry crews. 

During the early days of marine vessels, captains would steer boats with a rudder by following their centerlines. The majority of mariners were right-handed and therefore, the right side of the vessel became the steering side as time progressed. Because of this, the right side soon became referred to as the starboard (or steering) side. As boats grew, it became easier to tie up the boat to the pier or port on the opposite side of the steering side – hence the left side soon became referred to as the port side.

The port and starboard sides of a vessel never change regardless of crew orientation and therefore have become the standard when referring to the left or right side of any marine vessel. Fast forward to today, and these terms are used daily by all mariners including San Francisco Bay Ferry crews.

Before docking on two-berth floats like Downtown San Francisco, Vallejo, Alameda Seaplane and Oakland, the captain will let the crew on which side – port or starboard – they will dock. This is communicated either via radio or the overhead speakers. See if you hear on which side your ferry is docking on your next ride.

What is your favorite ferry memory?
By far, the first time I ever rode the ferry from San Francisco to Vallejo. The entire experience blew my mind. The culmination of spectacular views on the water, amenities onboard, and ease of the trip had me hooked at first ride.

How would you describe the atmosphere on the ferry?
Calm, relaxing and friendly.

What is your favorite ferry amenity?
Happy hour and the best photo ops in the Bay.

Describe San Francisco Bay Ferry in one word.