This summer, the vessels of Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) have been on a rotation of dry-docking for required maintenance and enhancements. Here are the latest improvements to our fleet:
The M.V. Del Norte recently returned to service in late May after all four main engines were overhauled.
In early June, the M.V. Golden Gate was dry-docked for its engine overhaul. All four waterjets were refurbished and new flooring is being installed throughout the passenger spaces. We expect the Golden Gate to be back in service this fall.
The M.S. Sonoma is undergoing a full rebuild with all new equipment and passenger outfitting. Its engine room has been stripped to prepare for new, more efficient Tier 3 engines with lower emissions. The contractor is sandblasting the exterior to bare aluminum to replace the underwater coating with paint made by Ecospeed, which is more environmentally friendly and reduces fuel consumption compared to traditional coatings. The contractor is also installing a new passenger heating and ventilation system, all new floors, seating, walls, and ceilings. In addition, solar panels are being installed to power specific equipment. We expect the Sonoma to be back in service next summer.
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Washington) is the contractor in charge of all three projects.
In addition to these improvements, we received some good news from the FTA. The FTA recently awarded the District a $5.9 million grant, which will fund 20% of the $30 million cost of a new 500-passenger high-speed ferry. The District has submitted another $18 million federal grant application to help fund the purchase. We expect the new ferry to be in service by early 2023.
Source: Golden Gate Gazette – Fall 2019
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) Board of Directors voted unanimously to establish a means-based fare program that would provide a fare discount for low-income riders on Golden Gate Transit regional bus routes and regular (non-special event) Golden Gate Ferry service. The means-based fare program is expected to begin in early 2020. The discounted fares will only be available to eligible passengers through the Clipper Card program.
For the 2019 Fall and Winter seasons, Larkspur Ferry is adjusting their weekday ferry schedule by eliminating the 11:40 AM departure out of Larkspur and the 12:25 PM departure out of SF.
On November 29, 2019, the Friday after Thankgsiving, the Larkspur Ferry will operate on a reduced schedule.
Ride Golden Gate Ferry from Larkspur to Chase Center for concerts and Warriors home games in 2019!
On Monday, September 23, 2019 Larkspur Ferry will begin running its fall schedule, which eliminates the trips departing Larkspur at 11:40 am and departing San Francisco at 12:25 pm
Golden Gate Ferry will be providing direct ferry service between the San Francisco Ferry Building and the 2019 Sausalito Art Festival this Labor Day Weekend – Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2, 2019.
Last week, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) was awarded a $5.9 million grant to help acquire a new high-speed ferry vessel that will enhance service reliability for its 2.5 million annual ferry riders. The newly announced funding will help Golden Gate Ferry increase its ferry fleet to eight passenger vessels.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Friday, July 26, 2019, to set a public hearing to receive public comment on the establishment of “means-based fares” that would provide a fare discount for low-income riders on Golden Gate Transit regional bus routes and regular (non-special event) Golden Gate Ferry service. The public hearing is set for Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room, Administration Building, Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, in San Francisco.
On Sunday, August 11, 2019, due to the Giants game time change for television coverage, the Larkspur Giants Ferry departure time has changed as well.
San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration takes place this Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, and Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry can safely get you there!