Public Meetings Set to Receive Comments on 2 Golden Gate Ferry Proposals – Oct 7.

by admin on August 27, 2010

The following is from GGBHTD …

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will hold several public meetings to educate customers and receive comments on proposals: (1) to reduce the discount rate for Golden Gate Ferry passengers using the Clipper card to 30% off the adult cash ferry fare, and (2) to modify Golden Gate Ferry schedules by eliminating underutilized trips to improve system efficiency and generate cost savings.

Two public informational Open Houses are scheduled for Tuesday, September 21 and Wednesday, September 22, from 3:00 to 6:30pm, at the Golden Gate Ferry San Francisico Terminal located behind the San Francisco Ferry Building. A Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, October 7 at 9:30am in the Board Room, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza Administration Building in San Francisco.

Comments on the proposals may be submitted in several ways (no later than Thursday, October 7 at 4:30pm):

  • In person at one of the Open Houses or the Public Hearing
  • Online using our comment form
  • Email to publichearing@goldengate.org
  • In writing to District Secretary, GGBHTD, PO Box 9000, Presidio Station, San Francisco, CA 94129-0601

For full reports on these proposals or for trip planning assistance to the public meetings, please visitwww.goldengate.org or call 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit,” then “operator” to bypass recorded messages)/TDD 711.

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1 admin October 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

Here is my letter to Golden Gate Transit.

Send them your comments by visiting this link: http://goldengate.org/feedback/ferrycommentform.php

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Golden Gate Transit board members do not have an accurate point of view when it comes to ferry commuting. I say this because they have consistently done things that have hurt the ferry commute experience. Yes, the parking lot at Larkspur is larger and the facilities are being improved. But the purchase of “non-Spaulding” ferries with tiny, steep steps and smaller gathering areas shows that they don’t ride on a regular basis and don’t appreciate the entire experience.

When I arrived in Marin county over 15 years ago I marveled at the efficient and easy to use transit system. I could ride a single bus, for free, to the actual ferry terminal. Then I could enjoy a wonderful ride “on the back of the boat” as it crossed the most beautiful bay in America.

Then the cuts came. Now, I can only get to the ferry by car unless I am able and willing to hike, possibly a very long way, from the nearest bus stop that might actually get me to the ferry on time. (I would have paid to keep the feeder bus but never had the opportunity).

The new, expensive and failure prone ferries are not at all comfortable and the Del Norte is down right evil!

I jump through your hoops to ride the ferry because of the camaraderie of my fellow commuters. We met on the ferry, became friends on the ferry and even have our own web site.

But if you continue to cut service and raise prices I am afraid I will soon have no realistic option other than my car. And if that happens, I will go out of my way to NOT cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Please spend a week commuting ONLY via Golden Gate transit, changing buses 3 times and taking 2 hours to travel 12 miles and then missing the ferry and you will begin to understand HOW to raise more revenue. IMPROVE THE SERVICE.

Thank you.

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