San Francisco Bay Ferry Witnesses 42% Overall Increase in Ridership

On Thursday, June 22, the San Francisco Bay Ferry achieved a significant milestone in its pandemic recovery by transporting 10,465 passengers across the bay.

This marked the second-highest weekday ridership since 2020, surpassed only by June 20, 2022, which coincided with the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade and saw 15,103 passengers.

The Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) announced this achievement over the weekend, highlighting that Thursday’s ridership ranked as the fourth highest overall for the ferry system since 2020.

Jim Wunderman, the Chair of the WETA Board of Directors, expressed his excitement, stating, “This is a major milestone in our efforts to rebuild ridership.

As someone who frequently uses the ferry, I understand the transformative experience of leaving the car behind and traveling on the water. It’s encouraging to witness more Bay Area residents and visitors embracing the ferry system.”

In June 2019, the average daily ridership for San Francisco Bay Ferry was 9,712. This year, ridership has increased by 42% overall compared to the previous fiscal year. June 2023 is on track to become the ferry system’s most successful month since February 2020, with over 200,000 riders anticipated.

To meet the high demand, SF Bay Ferry provided additional weekend service on Sunday, June 25, in light of the San Francisco Pride Parade. Extra trips were scheduled for the Vallejo and Alameda/Oakland routes. However, the ridership figures for that day were not yet available.

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