A Ferry Big Deal - All aboard the Richmond ferry come January 2019

Updated: Apr 5, 2019

Richmond Float

By Matt Larson

The time has come! Richmond is finally getting a ferry terminal. The first official ferry commute from Richmond to San Francisco is scheduled to launch the morning of January 10th, 2019, at 6:10 a.m. It’ll be operated by Blue & Gold Fleet under the coordination of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).

Full Richmond ferry commute service will then be underway! Six round trips will be available every weekday, Monday through Friday. The earliest run from Richmond to San Francisco will be at 6:10 a.m., and the last returning run from the city will be at 6:50 p.m. Weekend rides will come eventually, but to start they’re sticking to peak-hour ferry service only.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer this service,” said WETA’s Public Information & Marketing Manager Thomas Hall. “We’ve seen unprecedented demand for our ferry service in Vallejo, Alameda and Harbor Bay; we expect Richmond will be popular as well once people know about it and get an opportunity to ride.”

Regardless of how bad traffic looks on the bridge, a trip on the ferry from Richmond to San Francisco will take an average of 35 minutes. “A report recently came out that showed the stretch between Hercules and downtown San Francisco was one of the worst commutes in the state/the nation,” Hall said. “So anything we can do to get folks off of I-80 through there is a big win for the entire region.”