Proposed FY 2021-2025 San Francisco Bay Ferry Fare Program

Programa Propuesta de Tarifas Para el Año Fiscal 2021-2025

提議的 2021-2025 會計年度票價計劃

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is seeking public input on its proposal to establish a FY 2021-2025 Fare Program for San Francisco Bay Ferry service. The proposed Fare Program would go into effect on July 1, 2020 and define future fare structures and fare increases for regular and special event services operated by WETA.

Included in this proposal is:

  • An annual fare increase across all services of 3 percent to account for cost increases and prevent large “balloon” fare increases in the future
  • A recommendation to replace the Vallejo monthly pass with the standard 25 percent Clipper discount
  • A fare structure for the new Alameda Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Service, launching in August 2020
  • An increase with the Short Hop fare to align with local transit fares
  • Minor changes to the Oracle Park and Chase Center fares for Oakland and Alameda passengers

You can read the full proposed fare program or see the proposed fare tables below.

Replacement of Vallejo Monthly Pass

WETA does not offer multi-trip or monthly passes on any other service and began the process of replacing the Vallejo monthly pass in 2014, when it last adopted a multi-year fare program. WETA provides a large discount for passengers who use Clipper Card (25 percent off the regular adult fare) and, if the fare program proposal is approved, will assist all frequent Vallejo passengers with moving to Clipper prior to July 2020.

How to Share Your Comments

On February 13, 2020, the WETA Board of Directors authorized staff to seek public input on the proposed Fare Program. You have multiple methods to share your comments with the WETA Board of Directors, who will make a final decision on the fare program in April 2020. These options are outlined in the public notice and below.

  • You can email comments to fareprogram@watertransit.org
  • You can attend one of our five open house workshops to submit comments and talk to WETA staff
    • ALAMEDA: March 3, 5-8 p.m., Alameda Main Library – Stafford Community Room A; 1550 Oak St., Alameda
    • OAKLAND: February 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., WaterFront Hotel – Portside Room, 10 Washington St., Oakland
    • RICHMOND: February 27, 5-8 p.m., The Craneway Pavilion (West Side); 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
    • SAN FRANCISCO: March 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Port of San Francisco – Bayside Conference Room; Pier 1, San Francisco
    • VALLEJO: February 25, 4:30-7:30 p.m., California State University Maritime Academy - Anchor Center (Captain’s Cabin), 253 Georgia St., Vallejo
  • You can mail comments to WETA’s office
  • You can attend the April WETA Board meeting (date and location to be announced in March) and speak during the public hearing on the fare program item

Proposed Multi-Year Fare Tables

Click on one of the routes below to see the proposed multi-year fare table for that service, or just scroll down.

 
 

Proposed Alameda/Oakland - San Francisco Fare Structure

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Adult $7.20 Adult $7.50 $7.75 $8.00 $8.25 $8.50
Adult (Clipper Only) $5.40 Adult (Clipper Only) $5.60 $5.80 $6.00 $6.20 $6.40
Youth (5-18 years) $3.60 Youth (5-18 years) $3.70 $3.80 $4.00 $4.10 $4.20
Seniors (65+), Disabled $3.60 Seniors (65+), Disabled $3.70 $3.80 $4.00 $4.10 $4.20
Children under 5 FREE Children under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
School groups* $2.40 School groups* $2.50 $2.60 $2.70 $2.80 $2.80
* School/Group Fares by Advanced Reservation Only              

 

No significant modifications to Alameda/Oakland service are proposed.

Fare Products
There is no change in fare products proposed for Alameda/Oakland service.

Multi-year Fare Increase
The base-level adult fare increase is calculated at 3 percent annually to keep pace with inflation and operating cost increases. Adult cash fares are rounded to the nearest quarter to simplify cash handling. The first increase would take effect on July 1, 2020 (FY 2020/21).


Proposed Vallejo Fare Structure

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Adult $15.10 Adult $15.50 $16.00 $16.50 $17.00 $17.50
Adult (Clipper Only) $11.30 Adult (Clipper Only) $11.60 $12.00 $12.40 $12.80 $13.10
Youth (5-18 years) $7.50 Youth (5-18 years) $7.70 $8.00 $8.20 $8.50 $8.70
Seniors (65+), Disabled $7.50 Seniors (65+), Disabled $7.70 $8.00 $8.20 $8.50 $8.70
Children under 5 FREE Children under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
School groups* $5.00 School groups* $5.20 $5.30 $5.50 $5.70 $5.80
Monthly Pass $388 Monthly Pass          
* School/Group Fares by Advanced Reservation Only              

 

Significant modifications for the Vallejo service are the replacement of the Vallejo monthly pass for the regular Clipper discount.

Fare Products
The proposal eliminates the Vallejo monthly pass. This product will be replaced by the standard Clipper discount of 25 percent. Eliminating the monthly pass will result in maintaining consistency of similar fare products across WETA services and will eliminate the administrative cost and fraud risk associated with the pass program.

Multi-year Fare Increase
The base-level adult fare increase is calculated at 3 percent annually to keep pace with inflation and operating cost increases. Adult cash fares are rounded to the nearest quarter to simplify cash handling. The first increase would take effect on July 1, 2020 (FY 2020/21).


Proposed Harbor Bay Fare Structure

No significant modifications to Harbor Bay service are proposed.

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Adult $7.50 Adult $7.75 $8.00 $8.25 $8.50 $8.75
Adult (Clipper Only) $5.60 Adult (Clipper Only) $5.80 $6.00 $6.20 $6.40 $6.60
Youth (5-18 years) $3.70 Youth (5-18 years) $3.80 $4.00 $4.10 $4.20 $4.30
Seniors (65+), Disabled $3.70 Seniors (65+), Disabled $3.80 $4.00 $4.10 $4.20 $4.30
Children under 5 FREE Children under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
School groups* $2.50 School groups* $2.60 $2.70 $2.80 $2.80 $2.90
* School/Group Fares by Advanced Reservation Only              

 

Fare Products
There is no change in fare products proposed for Harbor Bay service.

Multi-year Fare Increase
The base-level adult fare increase is calculated at 3 percent annually to keep pace with inflation and operating cost increases. Adult cash fares are rounded to the nearest quarter to simplify cash handling. The first increase would take effect on July 1, 2020 (FY 2020/21).


Proposed South San Francisco Fare Structure

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Adult $9.40 Adult $10.00 $10.50 $11.25 $12.00 $12.50
Adult (Clipper Only) $8.10 Adult (Clipper Only) $8.30 $8.50 $8.80 $9.10 $9.40
Youth (5-18 years) $4.70 Youth (5-18 years) $5.00 $5.20 $5.60 $6.00 $6.20
Seniors (65+), Disabled $4.70 Seniors (65+), Disabled $5.00 $5.20 $5.60 $6.00 $6.20
Children under 5 FREE Children under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
School groups* $3.10 School groups* $3.30 $3.50 $3.80 $4.00 $4.20
* School/Group Fares by Advanced Reservation Only              

 

Note: This fare applies to the regular Alameda/Oakland to South San Francisco service as well as the limited reverse commute South San Francisco to Harbor Bay service launched in 2019.

Fare Products
There is no change in fare products proposed for South San Francisco service.

Multi-year Fare Increase
The proposal for South San Francisco fare increases will remain the same as in the current fare program which applies an annual increase to the base Clipper fare of 3 percent while imposing a cash surcharge for non-Clipper fares that grows at 6 percent annually. The discount for using Clipper compared to the cash fare will increase from 14 percent in FY 2019/20 to 25 percent at the end of the five-year period in FY 2024/25.


Proposed Richmond Fare Structure

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Adult $9.30 Adult $9.50 $9.75 $10.00 $10.25 $10.50
Adult (Clipper Only) $7.00 Adult (Clipper Only) $7.10 $7.30 $7.50 $7.70 $7.90
Youth (5-18 years) $4.60 Youth (5-18 years) $4.70 $4.80 $5.00 $5.10 $5.20
Seniors (65+), Disabled $4.60 Seniors (65+), Disabled $4.70 $4.80 $5.00 $5.10 $5.20
Children under 5 FREE Children under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
School groups* $3.10 School groups* $3.20 $3.30 $3.30 $3.40 $3.50
* School/Group Fares by Advanced Reservation Only              

 

No significant modifications to Richmond service are proposed.

Fare Products
There is no change in fare products proposed for Richmond service.

Multi-year Fare Increase
The base-level adult fare increase is calculated at 3 percent annually to keep pace with inflation and operating cost increases. Adult cash fares are rounded to the nearest quarter to simplify cash handling. The first increase would take effect on July 1, 2020 (FY 2020/21).


Proposed Seaplane Lagoon Fare Structure

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Adult - Adult $7.50 $7.75 $8.00 $8.25 $8.50
Adult (Clipper Only) - Adult (Clipper Only) $5.60 $5.80 $6.00 $6.20 $6.40
Youth (5-18 years) - Youth (5-18 years) $3.70 $3.80 $4.00 $4.10 $4.20
Seniors (65+), Disabled - Seniors (65+), Disabled $3.70 $3.80 $4.00 $4.10 $4.20
Children under 5 - Children under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   DISCOUNT FARE PRODUCTS   FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
School groups - School groups* $2.50 $2.60 $2.70 $2.80 $2.80
* School/Group Fares by Advanced Reservation Only              

 

Seaplane Lagoon service to San Francisco is scheduled to launch in August 2020. The Seaplane Lagoon Ferry service would not replace the Alameda/Oakland service but would instead provide the opportunity to expand service to western Alameda. This service is anticipated to shift some of the peak-period Alameda ridership from the current Alameda Main Street terminal to the Seaplane Lagoon terminal, largely decoupling the Alameda and Oakland services during the commute period.

The proposed fare structure for new Seaplane Lagoon is identical to the Alameda/Oakland fare structure. Over the five-year program, the Seaplane Lagoon ferry service will have a 3 percent annual increase in the base fare.

Fare Products
Fare products for this service is proposed to be the same as that of Alameda/Oakland service to San Francisco.

Multi-year Fare Increase
The base-level adult fare increase is calculated at 3 percent annually to keep pace with inflation and operating cost increases. Adult cash fares are rounded to the nearest quarter to simplify cash handling. The first increase would take effect on July 1, 2021 (FY 2021/22).


Short Hop Fare Structure

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Between Oakland and Alameda              
Adult $1.70 Adult $3.00 $3.10 $3.20 $3.30 $3.40
Youth $0.80 Youth $1.50 $1.50 $1.60 $1.60 $1.70
Seniors (65+), Disabled $0.80 Seniors (65+), Disabled $1.50 $1.50 $1.60 $1.60 $1.70
Between Vallejo and Mare Island              
Adult $1.70 Adult $3.00 $3.10 $3.20 $3.30 $3.40
Youth $0.80 Youth $1.50 $1.50 $1.60 $1.60 $1.70
Seniors (65+), Disabled $0.80 Seniors (65+), Disabled $1.50 $1.50 $1.60 $1.60 $1.70
Between San Francisco Ferry Building and Pier 41              
Adult $1.70 Adult $3.00 $3.10 $3.20 $3.30 $3.40
Youth $0.80 Youth $1.50 $1.50 $1.60 $1.60 $1.70
Seniors (65+), Disabled $0.80 Seniors (65+), Disabled $1.50 $1.50 $1.60 $1.60 $1.70

 

“Short hop” describes short trips in the system between nearby terminals. Currently, short hop fares apply to trips between Alameda-Oakland, Mare Island-Vallejo and Pier 41-Downtown San Francisco. Short hop riders amount to only 0.04 percent of the WETA systemwide ridership. The new fare program proposes to establish a standardized base fare of $3.00 for short hops which is similar to the fare for local transit trips in the area.

Riders who transfer between WETA’s regular services and the Pier 41-Downtown San Francisco short hop service will have a free transfer.

Fare Products
Short Hop adult fares are proposed to increase from $1.70 to $3.00 in FY 2020/21.

Multi-year Fare Increase
Similar to the regular services, the short hops base-level adult fare increase is calculated at 3 percent annually and rounded to the nearest dime to keep pace with inflation and operating cost increases. The first increase would take effect on July 1, 2020 (FY 2020/21).


Special Events Fare Structure

CURRENT   PROPOSED   FUTURE      
STANDARD FARES   STANDARD FARES FY 2021 FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025
Between Oakland/Alameda and Oracle Park              
Adult $9.60 Adult $10.00 $10.25 $10.50 $10.75 $11.00
Youth $7.20 Youth $7.50 $7.75 $8.00 $8.00 $8.25
Seniors (65+), Disabled $7.20 Seniors (65+), Disabled $7.50 $7.75 $8.00 $8.00 $8.25
Between Vallejo and Oracle Park              
Adult $15.90 Adult $15.90 $16.50 $17.00 $17.50 $18.00
Youth $11.80 Youth $11.80 $12.50 $12.75 $13.25 $13.50
Seniors (65+), Disabled $11.80 Seniors (65+), Disabled $11.80 $12.50 $12.75 $13.25 $13.50

 

A separate memorandum in the February Board packet details changes to WETA’s upcoming special events service for both Oracle Park and Chase Center.

Significant modifications for the special events are the proposed fares due to the service changes and a proposed 3 percent annual increase in the base fare.

Fare Products
The adult fare for Oakland/Alameda special event service is proposed to increase from $9.60 to $10 in FY 2020/21. No change is proposed to the adult fare for Vallejo special event service in FY 2020/21.

Multi-year Fare Increase
The base-level adult fare increase is calculated at 3 percent annually and rounded to the nearest quarter to keep pace with inflation and operating cost increases. The first fare increase would take effect on July 1, 2020 (FY 2020/21).