From a Water Emergency Transit Agency press release:
San Francisco—At its regularly scheduled board meeting Thursday, the Water Emergency Transit Agency (WETA), operator of San Francisco Bay Ferry, voted unanimously to approve Clipper Card fares and a new ferry/MUNI transfer policy for the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay ferry routes, effective Oct. 1, 2012.
The new one-way fare for adult passengers using Clipper will be $4.75 on the Alameda/Oakland to San Francisco route and $5 on the Harbor Bay to San Francisco route, in line with current discounted fares at the most commonly used fare option, a 20-ticket book. Passengers currently purchasing adult single one-way tickets stand to save between $1.25 and $1.50 each time they ride the ferry.
Although paper tickets will continue to be available, riders who opt to use Clipper will enjoy a number of benefits, including access to Clipper Direct, an employer transit benefit program, whereby commuters receive a 30 to 40 percent discount by paying with pre-tax dollars. Furthermore, since Clipper payments are cashless, passengers no longer need to have exact change or purchase a ticket on board.
“Introducing Clipper on the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay routes is central to the integration of the ferry system with the long-term vision for Bay Area transit infrastructure,” said Nina Rannells, executive director of WETA. “Clipper connects ferry riders to the extended transit network, allowing seamless transition to BART, MUNI and other transit operators.”
Concurrently with the introduction of Clipper on the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay ferry routes, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will implement an initiative to replace existing paper transfer discounts of $2 for San Francisco Bay Ferry passengers transferring to and from MUNI services with a 50-cent discount, in line with regional policies with Golden Gate Ferry and BART.
As of Oct. 1, San Francisco Bay Ferry will contribute an inter-operator transfer discount of 50 cents for adult MUNI passengers transferring to/from the ferry using Clipper. These transfer discounts will only be available to riders using Clipper, and will not be available to ferry passengers who continue to purchase paper ticket fares.
Passengers with pre-purchased paper tickets that include the free MUNI transfer will have a 30-day grace period in which to use the paper transfers. After Nov. 1, 2012, paper transfers will no longer be valid, and will not be accepted by MUNI.
As of Oct. 1, Clipper will be available on three San Francisco Bay Ferry routes: South San Francisco-Alameda-Oakland; Alameda Main Street-Oakland-San Francisco; and Harbor Bay-San Francisco.
For more information, and details on how to use Clipper on board the ferry, visit the WETA website at sanfranciscobayferry.com.
About San Francisco Bay Ferry
A public service of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), San Francisco Bay Ferry serves the San Francisco Ferry Building and Pier 39-Fisherman’s Wharf, Harbor Bay and Main Street in Alameda, and Oakland (Jack London Square), with seasonal service to AT&T Park and Angel Island.
SF Bay Ferry launched weekday commute service between the East Bay and South San Francisco on June 4, 2012.