Bay Area Passenger Ferry Biz Going NutsMay 18th, 2010 by ed friedrich
A low-emission ferry that will shuttle passengers between Oakland, San Francisco and the Peninsula was christened Monday, according to a story on CBS today.
The Taurus will immediately provide service between Oakland and San Francisco and in the fall of 2011 it will also provide service between Oakland and a new terminal in South San Francisco, according to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority.
The Taurus is the agency’s fourth new passenger vessel. The boats are the initial investments in a regional ferry system with plans to add up to seven new routes that are expected to triple ridership.
The Taurus is a 199-passenger, double-hulled catamaran that the water authority says runs 85 percent cleaner than current Environmental Protection Agency standards for marine engines in its class.