Oakland ferry service could be terminal
Apparently, the port is concerned about the condition of the ferry dock and float at Jack London Square, and they’re looking at what needs to be done to fix it and the cost. If the costs are too high, the Port wants to be able to suspend service there – a move that some members of the City Council fear could kill the entire service.
“It’s a very short jump from ‘We can’t find the money in our budget’ to killing the service. That’s the way I interpret it. The service would go,” Councilmember Frank Matarrese said.
Ferry General Manager Ernest Sanchez said that about 49 percent of the ferry’s riders come from Jack London, though they account for a higher percentage of fares. He said it would be “very difficult” for the service to continue without the Oakland riders, which Matarrese said sounded optimistic.
Sanchez said he and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority – which is slated to take over Alameda’s and Vallejo’s ferry service in 2010 – are talking with the port to see if they can work something out in order to keep the service going. (The Harbor Bay service, incidentally, is separate.)
Julie Braun, a commercial rep at the Port of Oakland who is working on this, declined to comment.
The city just okayed money to fix up the dock at the Main Street ferry terminal in part so it can handle one of the new ferry boats being put into the system.