Richmond Ferry Line Blows Ridership Projections Out Of The Water

The Richmond Ferry Arrives at The San Francisco Ferry Building
Photo credit KCBS Reporter Megan Goldsby
By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

The relatively new Richmond Ferry has taken off much more than its designers projected it would. For those who used to drive from Richmond to work in San Francisco, this isn't much of a surprise. 

Officials were expecting 487 "daily boardings," but have actually counted 681 passengers per day, said Thomas Hall with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority and San Francisco Bay Ferry. 

The initial estimates were conservative, Hall said. Despite the success, additional service isn't planned, he said. 

"Everything that we do is going to be geared towards ensuring that this is a sustainable service," said Hall.

Even though the route has been a success, officials are quick to point out that there are still seats on each ferry; they’re not overcrowded.