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Downtown SF Terminal Expansion Project

WETA’s Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal Expansion Project (WETA FTX), now underway, will increase our capacity to serve current and future passengers and improve the amenities around the terminal. The two-year construction project will take place in the Ferry Building’s south basin and includes building two new ferry gates and the reconstruction of existing Gate E.

Beautification and other amenities include the addition of weather canopies, a new plaza area, and extended promenades in keeping with the historic Ferry Building.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2019.

Additional Gates Support Continued Growth

Ferry ridership is at an all-time high. Gate E accommodates four ferry routes, serving more than 10,000 passengers with 130 arrivals and departures daily. More than two million people travel by San Francisco Bay Ferry annually.

During construction all routes currently operating through Gate E will continue to run as scheduled. At the completion of the project, each of the three ferry gates will have its own portal, access control gates, and passenger gangways. This expansion will allow for additional ferry service, more routes, improved queuing and boarding areas, and extended staging areas for WETA to deliver emergency water transit services.

WETA FTX Timeline

Construction is scheduled in two stages:

  • Phase 1 – taking place from May to November 2017 – focuses on preparing the site for construction, removal of existing piers and concrete, dredging the bay silt, and driving 153 new piles into the bay.
  • Phase 2 – taking place from January 2018 to December 2019 – will involve construction of the new gates and concrete pier.

From start to finish, all construction materials and debris will be delivered and removed by barge so as to keep traffic and roadways on Embarcadero clear. The project’s construction schedule minimizes the impact to the area’s marine species and protects the environment of the pier.

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View of South Basin

Major South Basin landside improvements include the construction of a new plaza and extension of the bayside promenade to support ferry service expansion and improve public access.

View of Gates E, F, G

Construction of new Gates F and G alongside the existing Gate E will accommodate the expansion of ferry service to San Francisco and improve conditions for current ferry riders.

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