For the first time in forty years, Golden Gate Ferry is preparing to expand its service area. Golden Gate Ferry currently serves passengers from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and the Sausalito Landing. Beginning on Monday, January 30th, 2017, Golden Gate Ferry will begin commute service from Tiburon, if the lease is finalized this Friday, January 27th.
Golden Gate Ferry has been working with Blue & Gold Fleet to take over their commute ferry runs between Tiburon and San Francisco. Negotiations have successfully concluded with an agreement between the two ferry operators. On Friday, January 27th, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors will review the agreement and vote to either approve or deny it. That vote will be held during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the Golden Gate Bridge District Administration Building Board Room, next to the toll plaza.
If the Board votes to move forward, Golden Gate Ferry and Blue & Gold Fleet are prepared to sign the agreement immediately following the meeting. Golden Gate Ferry is prepared to begin service on Monday, January 30th, the first business day following the finalized agreement.
“Golden Gate ferries and buses already reduce traffic congestion by 25% on the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway 101 corridor,” says District General Manager Denis Mulligan. “Adding this new service area helps us fulfill our mission to keep traffic flowing smoothly across the Bridge by transporting commuters through alternate means across the Bay.”
Golden Gate Ferry Deputy General Manager Jim Swindler adds, “We’re looking forward to serving this community with excellent, reliable service. Bay Area ferry ridership has been steadily growing over the past several years as customers recognize travel by water as quick and pleasant way to travel.”
“We believe that the Golden Gate Ferry will provide a reliable and safe commute service and is an outstanding company to operate the Tiburon Commute,” said Patrick Murphy, President of Blue & Gold. “The passengers are in good hands.”
Blue & Gold Fleet has been operating the Tiburon Commute since 1997. The determination for the Company to get out of the commute service in Tiburon was a business decision. Blue & Gold Fleet’s Tiburon Ferry was the only privately-operated commute ferry service on the Bay and it does not receive any public funding.
While various Golden Gate Ferry vessels will be used to serve this new route, the primary vessel will be the M.V. Del Norte which is having a door modified to better suit the landing in Tiburon. Blue & Gold commute tickets will be accepted at the start of service, but Golden Gate Ferry will bring the Clipper fare payment system to Tiburon customers for the first time.
|GOLDEN GATE TIBURON FERRY SCHEDULE|
|5:30 am||6:00 am||6:05 am||6:35 am|
|6:45 am||7:15 am||7:20 am||7:50 am|
|7:55 am||8:25 am||8:35 am||9:05 am|
|9:10 am||9:35 am||—||—|
|—||—||4:25 pm||4:55 pm|
|5:05 pm||5:35 pm||5:45 pm||6:15 pm|
|6:20 pm||6:50 pm||6:55 pm||7:25 pm|
|7:30 pm||8:00 pm||8:05 pm||8:35 pm|
|GOLDEN GATE TIBURON FERRY ONE-WAY FARES