Transportation

WETA snags $3.4 million grant to build first Bay Area electric ferry

WETA ferry
WETA photo

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) will receive $3.4 million to construct a new zero-emission ferry, which will be the region's first, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced.

The project will reduce congestion and provide fast, clean, and reliable ferry transit service to growing neighborhoods with limited surface street access and few transit options, the department said.

The electric ferry will connect San Francisco’s growing Treasure Island and Mission Bay neighborhoods, according to WETA.

Design and construction on the vessel made possible through the new FTA grant will begin in the coming months. WETA’s first zero-emission ferry is expected to enter service in 2024.

MTC and WETA are transportation partners.