Commuters in the Bay Area will soon have two new choices if they decide to take the ferry to work.
PROP SF is expecting to launch its commuter service at the beginning of 2017 with routes connecting Berkeley and Emeryville in the East Bay with Redwood City and Pier 15 in San Francisco. Tideline plans to be in the water within the next 30 days with a single route between Berkeley and Pier 1 1/2 in San Francisco.
"We are faced with a growing traffic congestion challenge here in the Bay Area that we're all aware of," said Ernest Sanchez, spokesman for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), which oversees San Francisco Bay Ferry. "The opportunity for PROP SF and Tideline to offer another option for commuters is welcome."
Ferries have long been a part of the Bay Area transit scene, but their popularity has waxed and waned over the years. Recently, commuter demand for ferries has been on the rise. The Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay Ferry systems carried around 15,000 passengers on an average weekday in 2015, up nearly 50 percent from the beginning of the decade. San Francisco Bay Ferry will expand service to Richmond in 2018 and Treasure Island in 2022.