Update, 4:30 p.m. Friday: How disruptive has today's Golden Gate Ferry strike been? From all signs, the impact of the one-day walkout has been minimal. District officials said that about 10 percent more cars went through the toll plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge during Friday-morning rush hour than recorded a week earlier. That being said, no unusual backups were recorded on southbound U.S. 101 to the bridge.
The bridge district says that weekday ridership on the ferries is about 7,500 total. That accounts for all trips to and from San Francisco from the ferry terminals in Sausalito and Larkspur, and pencils out to about 3,500 to 4,000 individual passengers.
Friday's stoppage was due to a one-day strike by ferry captains, part of a coalition of 450 union workers who remain at odds with the district on a new contract. The dispute centers around wages and health care contributions and led earlier this month to a one-day walkout by union machinists.
Thousands of commuters who rely on Golden Gate ferries to get from Marin to San Francisco will have to find another way to get to work Friday, after the system's captains announced a one-day strike to protest what they contend are unfair labor negotiations.