Alameda Council to Consider Harbor Bay Parking Plan

Golden Gate Transit Ferry Passengers

City staff will request that the City Council adopt a proposed plan for Harbor Bay ferry terminal parking at the Tuesday, June 7 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.  To obtain the City Council staff report for this agenda item, please click on the following link and then on the “Next Council Agenda” button:

 City staff is proposing that the City Council adopt a long-term solution to spillover parking at the Harbor Bay ferry terminal with the following components:

1)      Approve a residential permit parking program on the public streets located at the Columbia and Headlands sub-HOAs to prohibit vehicles from parking on those streets for more than 4-hours without a permit.

2)      Recommend and request that the WETA Board consider parking charges at the ferry parking terminal, which impacts about 250 parking spaces. Parking charges encourage existing parkers to choose alternative transportation to the ferry and generate revenue to fund the plan’s third component.

3)      Provide free, reliable transit service through the residential communities of east Alameda and Harbor Bay, where most ferry riders live. This free transit service may mirror the Harbor Bay Business Park’s service but in Harbor Bay’s residential communities. Or it may rely on an improved AC Transit’s Line 21, which is free for users who transfer to the ferry. Staff are exploring whether the transit service’s route can include a stop at a location with expanded parking supply, such as the parking lot at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

4)      Enforce the Adelphian Way 2-hour parking restriction.

 Together, these components advance the City’s environmental and transportation goals by reducing solo driving trips and supporting increased ferry ridership; leverage the already impressive amount of ferry riders’ bicycling, walking, and shuttle-riding; and minimize disruption to adjacent residential neighborhoods. Staff believes the plan is the most viable long-term solution that will allow ferry ridership to continue to grow while minimizing impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods.  Given each component depends on the other, staff’s intent is to have each done simultaneously.