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San Francisco launches daily ferry service to Treasure Island

San Francisco’s newest daily ferry route started transporting passengers Tuesday between the Treasure Island Ferry Terminal and the Ferry Building.

The daily service runs 16 hours each day and will be operated by PROP SF, a private business. The cost for the roughly 10-minute, one-way fare is $5. Monthly passes are available for $150. Like other Bay Area transit agencies, children 4 years old and younger can ride for free. 

“Today marks a significant step forward in realizing the transportation vision for Treasure Island,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “This new ferry service will not only increase transit options for existing residents, but it will allow all San Franciscans and visitors of our city an opportunity to experience the current and future amenities that Treasure Island has to offer.”

Weekday service runs between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and weekend service runs between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Previously, the only public transit route between Treasure Island and the city was the 25 bus operated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which drops riders off at the Salesforce Transit Center in SoMa. 

The new ferry service is part of a larger redevelopment effort taking place on the island and the neighboring Yerba Buena Island. This work includes infrastructure improvements and the construction of 8,000 new homes and 300 acres of parks. The first set of 229 units is set to be finished later this year. 

Master developer Treasure Island Community Development is helped subsidize the cost of operating the ferry service and pushed up the timeline for launching the ferry. The Water Emergency Transportation Authority will eventually take over management of the service.