San Francisco Bay Ferry Nets $3M for Vallejo Ferry Terminal Reconfiguration

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The Vallejo Ferry Terminal Reconfiguration Project has received a boost in federal funding.

San Francisco Bay Ferry on March 12 announced that it has secured $3 million for the project as part of the newly signed federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024.

The $16 million project, which could start construction as early as 2025, calls for moving the ferry dock further into the Napa River at the same location downtown. When completed, it would enhance “service reliability, operational efficiency, climate change resilience and the rider experience by redesigning and rebuilding a key terminal on SF Bay Ferry’s most popular route,” the agency said.

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), who represents Vallejo, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein helped to secure the funding.

“This federal investment will save the public money over the long term and enhance a critical transit option for the people of Vallejo and surrounding communities,” Pippin Dew of SF Bay Ferry’s Board of Directors, said.

The agency is working with the city of Vallejo and partners on project design and permitting.

The project, when completed, is also expected to save SF Bay Ferry about $20 million in estimated dredging costs over the next two decades since the agency must dredge in Vallejo regularly to stave off the silt build-up in the Napa River that has accelerated since the 1990s Mare Island Naval Shipyard closure.

By Karen Robes Meeks