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Bay Area Passenger Ferry Biz Going Nuts

May 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.

2 Responses to “Bay Area Passenger Ferry Biz Going Nuts”

  1. Usedbookman Says:

    Dare we to dream that we’d ever have that kind of transit leadership in Kitsap. Aren’t those the same folks we just sold to Chinook and Snohomish to?

  2. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    “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.”

    How fast does the Taurus go? Why don’t we have a planned fleet up here…we’re just as far-sighted and innovative.
    Aren’t we?