San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Oakland & Alameda route has six more departures on Saturdays and Sundays, effective September 4. This improved weekend schedule will also be in effect on Monday, September 6 as the Bay Area celebrates Labor Day.

The new weekend schedule is available at

Since its relaunch in July, San Francisco Bay Ferry has averaged more than 4,000 passengers on each weekend day, equivalent to 59 percent of pre-pandemic seasonal averages. Weekend San Francisco Bay Ferry service resumed on July 3 after a 15-month suspension during the COVID-19 crisis.

Weekend ferry service will continue to be offered on the Vallejo and Richmond routes with no schedule changes at this time. Ridership growth has also been strong on these routes and WETA will continue to monitor them and evaluate opportunities to improve the service.
San Francisco Bay Ferry’s mobile ticket platform Hopthru has rebranded its app with a new name and logo. Hopthru is now Passage: Transit Ticketing.

If you have purchased Hopthru tickets that you have not used yet, don’t worry: your tickets will remain available for your use in the Passage: Transit Ticketing. You may need to download an app update to gain access, however.

The mobile ticket app is a great option if you are traveling with a group of riders and not everyone has their own Clipper account. However, Clipper now has an app. That’s the easiest way to pay your ferry fare for solo travelers or for those in groups where everyone is paying their own fare.

Learn more about ticket options at

As local jurisdictions work to end the COVID-19 pandemic, new policies are in place on board the ferry to ensure WETA meets current public health orders.

Per City and County of San Francisco Public Health Order C19-07, passengers must provide proof of vaccination when purchasing concessions from the bar when on board San Francisco Bay Ferry. This can be done using an app, QR code or a photo of your vaccine card. There is no requirement to show proof of vaccination to board the ferry – only if you are purchasing concessions on board.

Federal mask policies remain in place into January 2022. Passengers eating or drinking on board the ferry must cover their noses and mouths in between bites and sips. Masks are not required when seating in outdoor spaces on the ferry. However, you must wear your mask to board and disembark and any other time you are indoors on the ferry.

The Vallejo Ferry Terminal has been temporarily relocated to the south while dredging is completed at the usual terminal site.

WETA’s temporary float has been installed just south of the Vallejo Ferry Terminal along Mare Island Way. Queues begin at the entrance to the temporary terminal and continue north along the waterfront as needed. Passengers should give themselves a couple of extra minutes to walk to the temporary landing from the Vallejo Ferry Ticket Office, local bus stops and the drop-off zone or area parking lots.

The permanent terminal is expected to be back in commission in early October.

Treasure Island is easily spotted from the Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal and on most ferry routes. The artificial island was constructed in 1936 by the Army Corp of Engineers for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition and World’s Fair. Measuring 403 acres, the island was initially intended to become a second airport for San Francisco, but instead became a Naval Station due to the looming war. From 1941 to 1997 the Navy owned and managed the island, which became a major training and education center for Navy personnel. During that time, the Navy also conducted nuclear-training operations resulting in significant contamination of the island’s landfilled ground and soil. The Navy has undertaken extensive efforts to rid the island of toxins and contaminants, and the clean-up efforts are still underway.

Today, the island is owned by the City and County of San Francisco, who in 2011 approved the Treasure Island Development Project. The $6 billion redevelopment plan includes up to 8,000 new residences, commercial and retail space, office space, hotels, a fire station, new parks, and a ferry terminal. WETA is currently studying potential ferry service options with the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency.

Anne rides the Vallejo ferry because it’s a reliable, pleasant and enjoyable way to travel to San Francisco. According to her, “No traffic equals no stress!” Anne has many fond memories aboard the ferry, but her favorite was seeing a whale in the bay. She was able to get a close-up view because the ferry slowed to give the whale extra space. If Anne could describe San Francisco Bay Ferry in one word, it would be ‘enjoyable.’