Monday, October 30, 2017

Groundbreaking Weds. for new Richmond ferry terminal; service to begin Sept. 2018

   POINT RICHMOND - A public groundbreaking ceremony for the new Richmond Ferry Terminal project will be held Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
     The new ferry terminal will be constructed at the southern point of the Ford Peninsula in Richmond, adjacent to the Ford Assembly Plant building.
     The ferry terminal project includes a new ADA-compliant gangway, ramp system, float and piles.  There will also be construction of a shelter for passengers as well as development and reconfiguration of the parking lot to create 362 spaces.
     Plans also call for installation of an ADA-compliant kayak launch ramp.
     The full project cost is expected to be about $20 million, funded through Regional Measure 2, State Proposition 1B, U.S. Dept. of Transportation funds, Contra Costa County and fare revenue.
     The Richmond-to-SF ferry service is slated to begin in September 2018 and initially will only run Monday through Friday - according to current plans.
     Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony will include:

     • Jim Wunderman, vice chair of the WETA Board of Directors
     • Richmond Mayor Tom Butt
     • State Senator Nancy Skinner
     • Assemblyman Tony Thurmond
     • Federal D. Glover, commissioner with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and a Contra Costa County Supervisor
     • John Giola, Chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors