Alameda Sun: Meetings Discuss Fate of Ferries this Week, April 7, 2016


Two crucial meetings are scheduled to take place this week regarding the future of the proposed ferry terminal at the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point. The ferry will provide commuters an additional option for public transit service from Alameda Point to San Francisco.

City Council held a meeting on Tuesday, April 5, to approve the adoption of the resolution on the new ferry terminal at Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point. Details include finalizing the Environmental Impact Report for the project and approving the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the city and the Water Emergency Transportation Agency (WETA). The MOU provides a blueprint on how the new terminal will be financed and WETA’s role as the organization tasked with managing, operating and conducting maintenance on the terminal.

WETA’s board of directors will hold its own meeting today, April 7, at 7 p.m., in City Hall to approve the ferry terminal design and confirm the terminal meets WETA’s ferry terminal standards. WETA and the city agreed to collaborate on the design. The proposed ferry terminal would operate as an addition to the existing ferry terminal at Main Street, not a replacement, according to a memorandum from city staff.