Throwback Thursday: A bay without the bridge

By Mark Prado
Bay Bridge

It's hard to imagine the Bay Area without the Bay Bridge, but alas, such a world did exist before the 1930s.

Digging into the photo archive at MTC, we found this photo of the beginnings of the Bay Bridge circa 1933. The bridge would be completed in November 1936.

Before the bridge was built, residents would use a phalanx of ferries to go to and from the East Bay to San Francisco and back. In fact, one can be seen plying the bay in this photo.

Most of those services went away over time as the bridge became the dominant path for travel, only to come back in recent decades to augment the crush of commuters on the span.  

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