If you’ve been riding San Francisco Bay Ferry recently, you know that ridership is growing steadily as the Bay Area springs back.

We know passengers are interested in ridership data, so we wanted to provide an update.

  • Average weekday ridership across the ferry system in November was 69% higher than in June, prior to when major service and fare changes went into effect
  • Current systemwide weekday ridership represents 37% of pre-pandemic levels, ahead of comparable regional commuter transit operators and ahead of our agency’s targets
  • Average weekend ridership in November was 99% of pre-pandemic winter season weekend ridership
  • Ridership on the Alameda Seaplane ferry route has increased 60% since its July launch
  • On the Harbor Bay ferry route, daily ridership has increased 34% since its July relaunch on the Harbor Bay ferry route
  •  Weekday ridership on the Richmond ferry route is already 56% of pre-pandemic levels, beating Summer 2022 targets seven months early

Despite this significant increase in riders, plenty of seats remain available on all departures. WETA, the agency that provides San Francisco Bay Ferry service, made schedule adjustments in early November to improve reliability and flexibility. Staff will continue to make adjustments as needed.

To that end, we welcome feedback on the passenger experience. Reach out to us at with your thoughts on schedules, amenities or anything else you’d like to share.
WETA, the agency that provides San Francisco Bay Ferry service, has signed onto a national commitment by transit agencies to cut emissions.

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration's Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge encourages transit agencies to take bold actions and investments to cut GHG emissions. The challenge calls on transit agencies to develop climate action strategies with measurable goals to achieve GHG emission targets.

In support of this commitment, WETA is already taking immediate steps toward reducing emissions. WETA is currently undertaking a two-pronged study on transitioning its fleet to zero emission vessels. One portion of the study is focused on shoreside infrastructure needs to facilitate such a transition, while the other track of the study is looking closely at alternative propulsion vessel technology. WETA has also begun a project to reduce air pollution emissions by 80% in its four Gemini class ferries, converting the vessels’ engines to the cleanest applicable technology currently available.

As of the start of December, WETA is one of 170 transit agencies nationwide to sign onto the challenge.


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Christian, a Vallejo passenger, loves to ride the ferry because it’s relaxing and he can socialize with friends and enjoy a cocktail on his commute home. His favorite memory is attending a birthday party on board the ferry, which provided the perfect backdrop of scenic views for the celebration. If Christian could describe San Francisco Bay Ferry in one word, it would be smooth.