Mission Bay Ferry Landing

Rendering of new ferry landing in Mission Bay near Chase Center

Project Schedule

2016 Feasibility Study (complete) | 2019 Design & Permitting (complete) | 2021 Phase 1 Construction (complete)  

2024 Phase 2 Construction


Project Description

The Mission Bay Ferry Landing will provide critical regional ferry service to and from the Mission Bay neighborhood, one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in San Francisco, as well as the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Pier 70, and the Central Waterfront neighborhoods. The ferry landing will further activate existing maritime activity along our working waterfront.  

The ferry landing would sit within a half mile of approximately 11,000 new housing units, 7 million square feet of new office and commercial space, over 1 million square feet of new retail space and 70 acres of public open space. Additionally, the terminal is planned within one block from the T-Third line and Central Subway, which is underway for extension to San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood. The terminal will be an easy walk to the Golden State Warriors Chase Center, the UCSF Mission Bay hospital and campus, and to San Francisco’s related life sciences community. 

Mission Bay Ferry Landing will provide capability to berth two ferry boats simultaneously and it is estimated that the ferry landing will have the capacity to handle up to 6,000 passengers per day. The ferry landing is essential to alleviate current regional transportation overcrowding and provide transportation resiliency in the event of an earthquake, BART or Bay Bridge failure, or other unplanned events. Ferry service will reduce our community’s carbon footprint and the landing is designed to accommodate the expected sea level rise.  

The Port of San Francisco and Water Emergency Transit Authority (WETA) are leading the project with the support of other City and regional agencies. The project, authorized under a CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration, has obtained all regulatory agency permits. Phase 1 was completed in November 2020 and consisted of marine debris removal, dredging and preparation of the underwater site. Phase 2 will complete the project and construction is anticipated to take place in summer and fall of 2023. The estimated total project design and construction cost are $58.4 million. The project is seeking commitments of funding to support the completion of construction.

Project Goals

  • Provide a new ferry facility to enable regional water-based public transportation and emergency response in the fastest-growing Mission Bay and Central Waterfront areas of the City of San Francisco.
  • Help support current and future transit demand and reduce vehicular trips in the Mission Bay and Central Waterfront areas.
  • Alleviate local and regional trans-bay commute traffic.
  • Provide transportation resiliency in the event of an earthquake, BART, or Bay Bridge failure or another unplanned event. 
  • Engage the San Francisco community in the planning process for a working Central Waterfront.