|Locale||San Francisco Bay Area|
|Waterway||San Francisco Bay (North Bay)|
|Transit type||Passenger ferry|
|Owner||Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District|
|Operator||Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District|
|Began operation||August 15, 1970|
|No. of lines||5|
|No. of vessels||7|
|No. of terminals||6|
|Daily ridership||5,794 per weekday (FY 2020)|
Golden Gate Ferry is a commuter ferry service operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District in the Bay Area of Northern California. Regular service is run to the Ferry Building in San Francisco from Larkspur, Sausalito, and Tiburon in Marin County, with additional service from Larkspur to Oracle Park and Chase Center. The ferry service is funded primarily by passenger fares and Golden Gate Bridge tolls.
Golden Gate Ferry began service in 1970 with the M.S. Golden Gate.Service to Larkspur started in 1976. Service to Pacific Bell Park (now Oracle Park) started in 2000. Tiburon service began on March 6, 2017. Service to Chase Center began in 2019 using an interim terminal located at Pier 48½. A permanent Mission Bay terminal is expected to open in 2021 at the foot of 16th Street to replace the nearby interim Chase Center terminal.
Golden Gate Ferry
Golden Gate Ferry operates regular passenger ferry service on three routes:
Limited service operates from Larkspur to Oracle Park for San Francisco Giants baseball home games and from Larkspur to Chase Center for Golden State Warriors basketball home games. Supplemental service is provided for special events.
Service was reduced in March 2020 and is currently limited to weekdays only. The Larkspur route has seven round-trips, and the Sausalito and Tiburon routes have been combined with a total of two trips per direction to/from San Francisco.
Golden Gate Ferry fares differ by route, passenger type, and method of payment.As of July 1, 2021, fares are as follows:
|Adult Single Ride||Adult Clipper Card||Youth/Senior/Disabled/Medicare|
|Larkspur - Ferry Building||$13.50||$8.50||$6.75|
|Sausalito - Ferry Building||$14.00||$7.50||$7.00|
|Tiburon - Ferry Building||$14.00||$7.50||$7.00|
|Larkspur - Chase Center||$15.00|
|Larkspur - Oracle Park||$15.00|
Transfer discounts are available to/from Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit, Muni, and SMART for Clipper card users.
Golden Gate Ferry has a fleet of four catamarans and three monohull vessels.All ferries are wheelchair accessible. The catamarans can carry 30 bicycles, and the monohull vessels can carry 150 bicycles. All ferries have restrooms and on-board refreshments, including a full bar.
The monohull vessels are named M.S. Marin, M.S. San Francisco, and M.S. Sonoma. The Marin can carry 750 passengers, and the San Francisco and Sonoma can carry 630 passengers each. They were purchased from Philip F. Spaulding & Associates in San Diego in 1976–1977. They were originally powered by gas turbine water jets but were converted to diesel engine propeller drives in 1983–1985. More efficient diesel engines were installed in 2001-2002.The Marin was refurbished from November 2006 to July 2007.
The catamarans are named the M.V. Del Norte, M.V. Golden Gate, M.V. Mendocino, and M.V. Napa. The Del Norte has a capacity of 400 passengers while the other three vessels have a capacity of 450 passengers. The 1998-built Del Norte and 2001-built Mendocino were built for Golden Gate Ferry to allow faster and more frequent service than the monohull ferries. The Napa (formerly Snohomish) and Golden Gate (formerly Chinook) were purchased from Washington State Ferries in January 2009.
In late 2018, Golden Gate Ferry reached an agreement to lease the MV Millennium from Rhode Island Fast Ferry for one year for $2.5 million. The Millennium allowed full service to continue while the Marin and Sonoma underwent major work and the other ferries received regular maintenance.The Millennium remained in service until 2020 before returning to Rhode Island.
When the M.S. Golden Gate retired in 2004, she had made 42,108 round trips between Sausalito and San Francisco, carried 21 million passengers, and traveled nearly 1.3 million nautical miles (2,400,000 km; 1,500,000 mi).
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