Golden Gate Ferry Sonoma back on the bay

Sonoma ferry boat
GGBHTD photo

The rebuild of the M.S. Sonoma is complete and the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District ferry is once again plying the bay.

The vessel returned after being stripped to the bare hull and rebuilt from the ground up at the Nichols Brothers Boat Builders shipyard in Washington state.

Passenger improvements on the Sonoma include new seats, carpeting, ceilings, paint, and reduced engine noise, plus an elevator and a bicycle escalator. On the operating side, the Sonoma has new, cleaner engines, state-of-the-art electronics and navigation systems, and improved efficiency and reliability.

The work on the Sonoma is part of the district's planned ferry maintenance work and marks the last of three planned overhauls for district mono-hull vessels.

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District and MTC are transportation partners.