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  • Jeffrey Baker

    Ferries are really interesting if you think that just moving people around is a good idea. The problem comes when the people need to actually arrive at and depart from useful places. You could take a ferry to Redwood City but the ferry terminal in that town is in the middle of nowhere. The best you can do from there is take a bus to some center of commerce which with realistic traffic takes and hour.

    The existing ferry service makes good sense. You can leave from major population centers like Oakland and arrive at major job centers like downtown SF. If these are crowded they can be made more frequent. But making the ferry network more widespread would need justifications that aren’t clearly there.

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  • murphstahoe

    Hmm. I can ride my bike from that marina to facebook in under 10 minutes

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Yeah, I used to deride FB for being in a swamp but over the years I’ve realized they are much better positioned than Google (which, for the record, is in a dump instead of a swamp.)

  • murphstahoe

    a dump landlocked by a secure military facility.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    GMaps thinks that is a 6.5-mile trip on a bike.

  • murphstahoe

    Looking at the map to find where the “port” is as opposed to the dumpy marina we ride through is (Blomquist and Bayshore), that adds some mileage. Note that whenever I ride through there we do some flat out sprints on the frontage next to the trailer park and on the bike path from Marsh to Facebook. But you better not run the red light at Marsh or Stanley Roberts will get you.

    I can see this being some sort of pet project that doesn’t have a ton of usefulness. If it’s about Facebook, just suck it up and build out the tracks next to Dumbarton, connect them up to Union City BART, giving us the fabled “ring around the bay.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I’ve already let it be known that if the ‘Book gets a train to the East Bay, I’m switching.