WETA Celebrates California Clean Air Day With Free San Francisco Bay Ferry Rides
SAN FRANCISCO | September 15, 2022 – The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) today announced that it will offer free rides on its San Francisco Bay Ferry service on October 5, 2022, to celebrate California Clean Air Day.
“Ferries are a critical piece of the Bay Area transportation puzzle, providing a clean congestion-relieving transit option to get travelers out of their cars,” said WETA Executive Director Seamus Murphy. “We’ve been busy improving the rider experience in addition to reducing emissions from our ferries, and we welcome commuters to take advantage of a free ride on Clean Air Day on October 5. Once you take a ferry, it’s really hard to go back to sitting in gridlock on the freeway.”
WETA boasts the cleanest high-speed passenger ferry fleet in the nation. Ten of the agency’s 16 vessels, including the newly launched MV Dorado, meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s strong diesel emissions standards with Tier 4 engines. Two more ferries are slated for engine upgrades to bring them to the EPA Tier 4 standard in the coming months.
WETA has continued its work on a two-pronged zero-emission water transit survey looking at shoreside infrastructure needs in addition to marine vessel technology opportunities. WETA is also continuing work on development of the new San Francisco Clean Ferry Network, a service connecting waterfront communities including Treasure Island, Mission Bay and Downtown San Francisco with zero-emission battery-electric ferries.