Boosted by $12 mil from MTC, Richmond Ferry launches

By Mark Prado

The first passengers hopped on a WETA ferry in Richmond early Thursday morning, marking the beginning of new service to San Francisco.

MTC is providing $12 million in Regional Measure 2 bridge toll funds to help purchase two ferries for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority's new service.

Passed by Bay Area voters in 2004, the measure raised tolls by $1 on the region’s state-owned bridges.

The service makes the trip from Richmond in about 35 minutes and adds to the number of ferries plying the bay. Ferry travel is becoming more popular in the Bay Area as a way to avoid busy highways and crowded BART trains.

The Richmond ferry is $9 one way, $6.75 for those with Clipper cards and $4.50 for disabled, senior and youth riders. Children under 5 are free.

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