July 21, 2005

 

  

GOLDEN GATE FERRY TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL

 SECURITY GRANT FUNDS

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) learned this week, from both Senator Boxer’s office and the State Department of Homeland Security, that it will receive federal grant funds totaling $442,000 for additional security improvements to the Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) system. The funds are federal funds that are part of the FY 2005 Transit Security Grant Program which administered through the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.  The grant was applied for in May 2005 and the work will be completed within the next two years.

(1)  New Storage and Inspection Building for Supply Delivery

A new single delivery, storage, and inspection building would be added outside of the public waiting area at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.  This project will ensure that supplies are properly inspected by providing facilities to deliver and inspect supplies prior to being place aboard the ferry vessels.  Currently, delivery of concession supplies is made to Larkspur Ferry Terminal within the protected/secure passenger waiting areas which does not allow GGF to properly inspect concession supplies before they are delivered in the passenger waiting areas. 

This project will cost $200,000 with $170,000 coming from grant funds, and the remaining 15% or $30,000 coming from District funds.

(2) Surveillance Equipment

This project would add surveillance equipment at the Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry Landing and on Golden Gate ferry vessels. 

This project will cost $320,000 with $272,000 coming form grant funds, and the remaining 15% or $48,000 coming from District funds.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Ferry Security Grant Funds - 2004

On September 17, 2004, the District awarded a contract for ferry terminal security enhancements budgeted at nearly $900,000, with $520,000 coming from a federal Port Security Grant awarded by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the remaining $380,000 coming from 20% District funds ($76,000) and 80% Federal Transportation Administration funds ($304,000). This project has been completed and included the installation of surveillance cameras, perimeter security panels and gates at the Larkspur and San Francisco ferry terminals.

Ferry Ride Along Program

On September 15, 2004, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, in conjunction with GGF and Blue and Gold Ferry Fleet, Marin County Sheriffs, Sausalito Police Department, Twin Cities Police Department, San Francisco Police Department, Alameda County Sheriffs, Oakland Police Department, and Vallejo Police Department, launched a new San Francisco Bay Ferry “Ride Along” Program. 

The new program partners uniformed law enforcement personnel with Coast Guard Sea Marshals to increase law enforcement presence on the San Francisco Bay ferry systems. The program enables both on- and off-duty law enforcement officers to ride Golden Gate ferries and Blue and Gold Fleet ferries to aid in maintaining a constant vigilance on the Bay.

This program is in addition to the Coast Guard’s existing Vessel Boarding and Security Team (formerly called the Sea Marshall Program) launched after September 11, 2001, where uniformed Coast Guard officers board ferries randomly.