b'MEMBER NEWSWETA Receives $14.9 Million Grantto Develop a Zero-Emission Ferry NetworkT heSanFranciscoBayAreaWaterProgram (TIRCP), is the latest in a series ofBay Area Legislative Caucus, and our strong Emergency Transportation Authoritygrant awards that have been secured to supportsupport coalition for sharing our vision for a (WETA) has won a $14.9 million grantthe new service. In 2020, WETA was awardedworld class clean ferry network for the region.fromtheCaliforniaStateTransportation$9 million from CalSTA to design and build its Agency (CalSTA). The funding will be usedfirst zero-emission ferry along with shoresideThe S.F. Clean Ferry Network will be a major to develop a high-frequency network connect- infrastructure. In early 2022, WETA won amilestone in WETAs transition to zero-emis-ingsomeofSanFranciscosfastestgrowing$3.4millionFederalTransitAdministrationsionferryservice.Theagencyiscurrently neighborhoodswithbattery-electricferries.(FTA) grant to add an additional battery-elec- completing a two-pronged study investigating More than 20 years ago, WETA was tasked bytric vessel to the network. both clean marine propulsion technology and the California State Legislature with planningshoreside infrastructure needs that will inform new and expanded ferry service in the region. AThis $14.9 million award funds constructionpolicy decisions going forward. Ferries aging decade ago, WETA absorbed the ferry servicesof a third vessel for what will eventually be aoutofSanFranciscoBayFerryservicewill previously run by the Cities of Alameda andfour-vessel network. The grant also includesbereplacedwithnewzero-emissionvessels. Vallejo, starting efforts to expand and enhancefunds for the charging infrastructure neededWETA may also convert some current ferries service in the region. to operate the service. to zero-emission propulsion systems over the next decade.The grant will fund the construction of ferriesSan Franciscos waterfront is home to some and shoreside charging infrastructure to supportof the regions fastest-growing new neighbor- More than 3 million passengers rode WETAs the San Francisco Clean Ferry Network, whichhoods and this grant will help reduce trafficSan Francisco Bay Ferry service in 2019. WETA will use zero-emission ferries to connect water- and improve air quality by connecting workershas delivered eight new ferries with a combined front San Francisco neighborhoods includingandresidentswiththecountrysfirsthigh- 3,255 seats since 2017, with three more vessels downtown, Treasure Island, and Mission Bay. speed, zero-emission ferry service, said WETAunder construction. Under WETAs Pandemic BoardofDirectorsChairJimWunderman.Recovery Program, San Francisco Bay Ferrys The new grant, which was awarded throughWe owe thanks to Governor Gavin Newsom,ridership in June 2022 reached 63 percent of CalSTAsTransitandIntercityRailCapitalCalSTA Secretary Toks Omishakin, our tirelesspre-pandemic levels.PHOTO FROM SWITCH MARITIME37 JULY 2022'