Alameda Point Environmental Report: New ferry to begin service, April 6, 2017


Ferry riders at the Alameda Main Street Terminal will soon be boarding the MV Hydrus, the cleanest running 400 passenger ferry in the world. The state-of-the-art ferry is designed for quicker on-boarding and off-boarding, faster speeds, low noise and vibration, and low emissions. The bicycle storage capacity will be more than doubled to 50 from the current capacity of 20 on the MV Encinal, which it will replace.


In other ferry news, construction of the ferry maintenance facility at Alameda Point near the USS Hornet Museum is moving ahead with visible progress on the foundation. New rip rap boulders have been brought in to spruce up the adjacent shoreline where WETA will be making public trail and observation area improvements. The Ron Cowan Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility will be completed in 2018 and berth up to 12 ferries. It will serve as an emergency operations command center in the event of a disaster.