Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

January 21, 2015

Larkspur Ferry Adds New 8:40 a.m. Departure to San Francisco, Beginning Monday, February 2, 2015

Beginning Monday, February 2, Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry will add a morning peak commute trip at 8:40 a.m. to San Francisco. The new trip - approved by the Board of Directors (Board) of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District in December 2014 - will run as a 9-month demonstration project as part of its Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry Service “Strategic Vision.”

Morning peak ferries to San Francisco at 7:30, 7:50, and 8:20 a.m. typically sell out and back-up Golden Gate Transit buses have accommodated excess riders at 7:50 and 8:20 a.m. The new ferry trip is being added to relieve overcrowding and overflow from these earlier trips and will replace the back-up bus service.

The Larkspur Terminal parking lot fills up by 8:30 a.m. most weekdays. The Wave Ferry shuttles - Routes 25 and 37 - will begin serving this new ferry trip on Monday, March 9. Prior to March 9, customers wishing to ride the new 8:40 a.m. ferry trip can take an earlier Wave trip.

For trip planning assistance, please visit goldengate.org or call 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit,” then “operator” to bypass recorded messages)/TDD 711. The Golden Gate Customer Service Center is open weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Background

On May 10, 2013, the Board adopted the Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry Service “Strategic Vision” which provides strategies to address challenges facing Larkspur service and provides direction on future growth. The “Strategic Vision” was adopted with the understanding that specific elements of the plan will be further deployed and analyzed by staff and subsequently presented to the Board for approval.

Other elements of the “Strategic Vision,” including an added 7:30 a.m. ferry trip and a new ferry shuttle (Route 25 - the Wave), have proved successful and were made permanent in February 2014 and June 2014, respectively.