Updated November 19, 2010

Posted November 10, 2010

Staff Report for Nov. 18 Transportation Committee
Agenda for Nov. 18 Transportation Committee
Agenda for Nov. 19 Board of Directors Meeting

November 19, 2010, the Board of Directors approved changes to both the ferry fares and the Larkspur schedule. The new CLIPPER discount ferry fares will go into effect on January 1, 2011, and the schedule changes will go into effect in early 2011 as the exact date for implementation is not final yet.

BASED ON PUBLIC INPUT, PROPOSALS TO INCREASE FERRY FARES & MODIFY FERRY SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN REVISED AND WERE DISCUSSED NOVEMBER 18 and 19, 2010

 

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) is facing a $89 million five-year shortfall. The District’s 2009 Financial Plan contains 33 cost savings and revenue generating initiatives aimed at reducing this deficit. Several of the Financial Plan initiatives have been implemented such as establishing a $3 carpool toll on July 1, 2010. The Financial Plan includes two Golden Gate Ferry related proposal: modify Golden Gate Ferry fares (#13) to increase revenues and modify ferry schedules (#9) to save operating costs. The original proposals under went public review from August 13 to October 7. Based on the more than 400 comments received, the proposals have been significantly MODIFIED. If implemented on January 1, 2011, the revised proposal will generate between $421,000 to $591,000 annually. The revised proposals will be presented to the District’s Transportation Committee on November 18 at 10 am and, if the Committee concurs with the revisions, the revised proposal will go to the full Board for possible adoption at the November 19 meeting at 10 am.

ORIGINAL Golden Gate Ferry fare increase proposal called for:

  1. Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry: Increase Clipper Card fare from $4.40 to $5.80 or an increase of $1.40 or 31.8%.
  2. Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry: Increase Clipper Card fare from $5.15 to $5.80 or an increase of $0.65 or 12.6%.

REVISED Golden Gate Ferry fare increase proposal calls for:

  1. Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry: Increase Clipper Card fare from $4.40 to $4.85 or an increase of $0.45 or 10%.
  2. Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry: Increase Clipper Card fare from $5.15 to $5.70 or an increase of $0.55 or 10%.

Implementation date is being targeting for January 1, 2011.

ORIGINAL Golden Gate Ferry weekday schedule change proposal called for:

  1. Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry: modify departure time for 5 of 18 weekday trips.
  2. Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry: modify departure times for 18 of 41 weekday trips.

REVISED Golden Gate Ferry schedule change proposal calls for:

  1. Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry: NO changes are proposed now for the Sausalito weekday schedule.
  2. Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry: Customer concerns and improved operating efficiencies are addressed by the creation of a winter season and a summer season schedule. The summer season (April - September) schedule remains the same as it is TODAY. The winter season (October - March) schedule has several minimal departure time modifications in the afternoon, and, as customers have requested, the entire afternoon schedule would be operated using 2 high-speed vessels, rather than 3 vessels as it is today. Further, with regard to the original proposal, Larkspur customers expressed concerns about the moving of the 5:50 and 7:50 am departures – THESE DEPARTURES are no longer proposed to be modified and will remain as they are in both the winter and summer schedules.

Implementation date is not yet established; it will be sometime in the first part of 2011.

PROPOSED REVISED DRAFT LARKSPUR WEEKDAY
SUMMER SEASON (April 1 – September 30) – REMAINS AS IT IS TODAY

Depart Larkspur
Depart San Francisco
4:51 am (bus) and 5:22 am (bus)
--
5:50 am
6:25 am
6:35 am
7:10 am
7:10 am
7:45 am
7:50 am
8:30 am
8:20 am
9:10 am
9:15 am
10:10 am
10:10 am
10:55 am
11:10 am
11:55 am
11:40 am
12:25 pm
12:40 pm
1:25 pm
2:15 pm
3:00 pm
2:50 pm
3:35 pm
3:40 pm
4:25 pm
4:15 pm
4:55 pm
--
5:20 pm
5:10 pm
5:55 pm
5:35 pm
6:20 pm
6:35 pm
7:20 pm
7:20 pm
8:10 pm
8:10 pm
8:50 pm
8:50 pm
9:35 pm

PROPOSED REVISED DRAFT LARKSPUR WEEKDAY - WINTER SEASON
(October 1 – March 31)

Depart Larkspur
Depart San Francisco
4:51 am (bus) and 5:22 am (bus)
--
5:50 am
6:25 am
6:35 am
7:10 am
7:10 am
7:45 am
7:50 am
8:30 am
8:20 am
9:10 am
9:15 am
10:10 am
10:10 am
10:55 am
11:10 am MOVES TO 11:00 am, 10 minutes earlier
11:40 am
11:40 am ELIMINATED
12:25 pm ELIMINATED
12:40 pm MOVES to 12:20 pm, 20 minutes earlier
1:25 pm MOVES to 1:05 pm, 20 minutes earlier
2:15 pm
3:00 pm MOVES to 2:50 pm, 10 minutes earlier
2:50 pm
3:35 pm MOVES to 3:30 pm, 5 minutes earlier
3:40 pm MOVES to 3:30 pm, 10 minutes earlier
4:25 pm MOVES to 4:10 pm, 15 minutes earlier
4:15 pm MOVES to 4:10 pm, 5 minutes earlier
4:55 pm MOVES to 4:50 pm, 5 minutes earlier
4:50 pm ADDED
5:20 pm MOVES to 5:30 pm, 10 minutes later and OPERATES WITH HIGH-SPEED VESSEL
5:10 pm MOVES to 4:50 pm, 20 minutes earlier
5:55 pm moves to 6:10 pm, 15 minutes later
5:35 pm MOVES to 5:30 pm, 5 minutes earlier
6:20 pm moves to 6:50 pm, 30 minutes later OR 6:10 pm, 10 minutes earlier
6:35 pm MOVES to 6:10 pm, 25 minutes earlier
7:20 pm ELIMINATED
7:20 pm MOVES to 7:10 pm, 10 minutes earlier
8:10 pm MOVES to 8:00 pm, 10 minutes earlier
Current 8:10 pm & 8:50 pm CONSOLIDATED to 8:45 pm
8:50 pm & 9:35 pm CONSOLIDATED to 9:30 pm

 

FOR ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND, READ:

October 7 Public Hearing Report or August 6 Transportation Committee Report