The Age of Aquarius
Hey, ferry commuters: Get ready to see some new boats!
Apparently, the state’s new Water Emergency Transportation Authority bought two new ferries to run on its planned Oakland-South San Francisco line. Only thing is, they haven’t even started work on the line yet. Once the boats get here, the clock on their one-year builder’s warranty starts ticking. So what’s a fledgling state agency to do? Send ‘em to Alameda!
Our local ferry manager, Ernest Sanchez, confirmed that we’d be running at least one of the boats, the MV Gemini, to make sure there’s no problems before the warranty runs out (They’re still in discussions with WETA about getting a second boat, the Pisces, for Harbor Bay).
But the new boats are less than half the size of the ones they’re currently using, so the city is getting bids to modify the ramp at Main Street and is considering dredging and other work at Harbor Bay so they can be operated safely here (and we checked: sounds like WETA’s supposed to pay the tab for the work).
WETA’s working on putting together a public unveiling of the Gemini sometime in December at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. We’ll get you the details when that’s set.
In the meantime, a city staff report with more details on the arrangement is here.