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Editorial: Support doomed-to-fail-yet-again Berkeley ferry

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  • 11/25 UCB Daily Cal
    Published Tuesday, November 25, 2008, in the Daily Californian (UC Berkeley) Ride the Wave A trans-bay ferry service will reduce strain on other public transit
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 25 2:55 PM
      Published Tuesday, November 25, 2008, in the Daily Californian (UC Berkeley)

      Ride the Wave

      A trans-bay ferry service will reduce strain on other public transit
      systems and offer another way into Berkeley.

      By Senior Editorial Board

      Anyone who has attempted to get around the Bay Area during rush hour
      can attest to crowded train compartments, limited seating on buses,
      bumper-to-bumper traffic and general personal space invasion.
      Alternative outlets to alleviate passenger capacity should be welcomed
      by commuters, and a new ferry service is just one way to deal with the
      issue.

      The ferry line would connect various terminals around the bay,
      including one in our own backyard, potentially at the Berkeley Marina,
      Berkeley Fishing Pier, Gilman Street or Buchanan Street. While the
      project comes with a price tag of $22 million, it's a worthwhile
      investment, especially in light of the 300,000 more passengers
      expected to partake in the daily trans-bay journey by 2025.

      Making Berkeley a stop along another transit route is advantageous to
      the area, connecting it with other major cities and bringing outsiders
      to shop at local businesses. While the cost to take the ferry is
      likely to be more than to take BART, it could cater to a different
      group of higher-income spenders who normally wouldn't even think to
      hop onto public transportation.

      And doing just that has always been encouraged in order to get cars
      off the road. But some systems, particularly BART, can only
      accommodate so many riders without a massive overhaul. And with the
      looming BART fare increases, providing another way to get across the
      bay is suitable considering the dense Bay Area population.

      The environmental impacts of the project will always remain a concern.
      Needless to say, they must be properly assessed and addressed before
      construction proceeds.

      A Berkeley ferry would not only increase accessibility to the city but
      also help ease other overloaded systems.
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