Status Report on the Berkeley Ferry Terminal

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Status Report on the Berkeley Ferry Terminal
Berkeley Planning, Transportation and
Waterfront Commissions
October 2009
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Project History
• April 2006: Technical feasibility and
environmental analysis begun
• March 2007: EIS scoping process with 300+
comments concerning 4 candidate sites
• Sept. 2008: Draft EIR/EIS issued
• April 2009: WETA Board selects Berkeley
Fishing Pier site as the “locally preferred
alternative”
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Site Alternatives
• Site A: Between the Berkeley pier and Hs
Lordships restaurant
• Site B: Inside the Berkeley Marina
• Site C: At the Berkeley/Albany border
near Gilman St.
• Site D: In Albany at the foot of Buchanan
St.
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Site
Alternatives
SEAWALL DRIVE
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Why the Fishing Pier
Site Was Selected
• Environmentally superior site
• Shortest travel time over the water
• This site has the best local bus service
5
Site Location Overview
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Benefits of the Berkeley Ferry
• Provide mass transit alternative that will help manage
increasing regional congestion
• Commuter and recreational convenience – serve the
growing west side of Berkeley and its employment and
population centers
• Important emergency/disaster recovery route (Terminal
to be built to “essentials structures” standards)
• Increased patronage for Berkeley businesses and
visitors to the waterfront
• Berkeley and Marina icon – architectural gateway to the
City of Berkeley
•7 Enhancements to the Bay Trail
Berkeley Ferry Design
Considerations
• Berkeley service has one of the highest
ridership potentials of all WETA expansion
services
• Year 2025 ridership of 1716
• Need parking for 387 patron autos
• Transit connectivity is important
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Comments on the Impacts
of the Berkeley Service
• Parking impacts including impacts to the existing
leasehold parking lot for HS Lordships
• Interrelationship with the Bay Trail
• Concerns about impacts to windsurfers
• Ferry and feeder bus service coordination
• Costs, relative to BART and potential financial
impacts on the City
Parking Concept Site Plan
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Results of Parking Study
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Attended Parking Concept
• 1 attendants per 30 +/- cars
• Professional Contractor: Central Parking Co. for
Ashby and Pleasant Hill to run the program
• Attendants stage cars based on stated pick-up
times
• Operators call/text message when attended
parking patrons board the ferry
• Performance standards: no more than an 8
minute wait for your car
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Ferry Terminal Conceptual Design
Parking Lot Concept Cross Section
Artist’s Rendering of Terminal Concept
Addressing Environmental Impacts
• All ferry patron parking accommodated at the
reconfigured lot
• HS Lordships parking is preserved
• Bay Trail included
• All public access parking retained
• Terminal includes bus loading zone
• Initial discussion with AC about feeder service
• No City contributions to the project are expected
or planned for.
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Ongoing Actions and Next Steps
• WETA staff has met with concerned citizens,
Waterfront Commissioners, city leaders and staff
• Joint discussions with HS Lordship management
• Presentations to Planning, Transportation and
Waterfront Commissions in October 2009
• City Council meeting of November 17
• Preliminary and final design once EIS/EIR is
certified
• Secure the remaining funding needed to build
the project and ferry vessels
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Completing the EIR/EIS
• City of Berkeley approval for the project
• Draft Final being written
• FTA review and approval before public outreach
• 30 day public review period
• WETA Board adoption, FTA “record of decision”
• All this is expected by early 2010
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watertransit.org
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Fare Revenue, Operating Expense, and Operating
Subsidy per Unlinked Passenger Trip1
Fare
Revenue
Berkeley to SF2
Operating
Expense
Operating
Subsidy
Recovery
Ratio
4.00
12.62
8.62
31.7%
AC Transit
0.80
4.40
3.60
18.2%
BART
2.70
4.20
1.50
64.3%
Caltrain
3.50
7.70
4.20
45.5%
5.00
11.00
6.00
45.5%
10.40
15.5
5.10
67.1%
4.50
9.2
4.70
48.9%
Bus/Rail
Ferry
GG Ferry
BayLink
Alameda/Oakland
1All
data, except Berkeley to SF, compiled from National Transportation Database RY 2008
Data Tables, "T27_Service_Ratios" and "T26_Pass_Fare_Recovery_Ratio".
2Berkeley
to SF data compiled based on 2014 ridership and operating cost projections.
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