|A New Commute Option for Redwood City
The Proposed Ferry Route:
• Redwood City to San Francisco
• Redwood City to East Bay
• Redwood City to San Francisco Ferry Building: 60 minutes
The Benefits of a Redwood City Ferry Service:
• Ferry service will take cars off Hwy. 101 and I-280, providing
a more direct, pleasant and productive transbay commute option to
driving on the Peninsula-to-San Francisco corridor-the most heavily
traveled in the Bay Area
• The Pacific Shores Center Development, located near the
proposed terminal, currently offers more than 1.5 million square feet
of office space that will accommodate more than 4,000 workers.
• Water transit service to potential development sites, like
Abbott Labs' proposal to build 500,000 sq. ft. of office space adjacent
to the Port of Redwood City, could efficiently, conveniently and
cost-effectively transport East Bay residents to their jobs on the
• Thousands of Bay Area workers currently commute by car and
Caltrain to Redwood City. Their employers include Oracle (7,000), San
Mateo County (4,000), BroadVision (1,100), Sequoia and Kaiser Hospitals
(500 each) and Electronic Arts (500).
• WTA's ridership studies forecast 1,420 daily passenger trips
between Redwood City and San Francisco by 2025. Most will be drivers
shifting from cars to transit.
• In 2002, Oracle's employer shuttle provided more than 66,459
rides to and from the Belmont and San Carlos Caltrain stations and its
Redwood City headquarters-a 7,000-ride increase from 2001.
• Nearly 800 of Oracle's employees currently commute from
shoreline communities including Newark/Freemont, Alameda/Oakland,
Berkeley, Belmont and San Carlos.
• A Redwood City terminal will enhance shoreline access and
support the city's growing waterfront business and residential
• In addition to serving job centers, this terminal also will
be a lynchpin for proposed residential projects. Several downtown
residential housing developments are also under review.
• Redwood City is revitalizing its downtown and is in the
process of building a new 20-screen cinema and adjoining 85,000 sq. ft.
of retail space that could be easily accessed from the proposed ferry
• WTA will work with SamTrans to provide feeder service to the Redwood City ferry terminal.
The Emergency Response:
• A ferry terminal in Redwood City could provide emergency access to the Peninsula if highway and bridge travel is disrupted.
• New and increased ferry service was used in 1989 to transport
passengers and supplies after the Loma Prieta Earthquake blocked access
to and damaged the Bay Bridge.
• In 23 years, ferries have been used six times in the Bay Area to replace damaged or disrupted transportation links.
Proposed Funding Sources
• Federal Ferryboat Discretionary Fund
• San Mateo County Measure A Sales Tax Extension
• Transit Impact Fees
• Farebox Revenue
WETA Project background:
WETA (the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority) was established by SB976, and replaces the WTA (Water Transit Authority). The intention of SB 976 is to improve the ability of ferries to respond in an emergency.
Read More About WETA
The WETA is currently pursuing new federal, state and local funding
sources for the Plan. Each new terminal will require a site-specific
Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority
Pier 9, Suite 111, San Francisco CA, 94111