The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority board of directors is considering approval of a plan Thursday that spells out where it will spend $398 million over the next decade. Antioch leaders are concerned the plan only puts $720,000 toward a long-awaited terminal in the East Contra Costa city. The authority meets 1:30 p.m. at Pier 9, Suite 11 in San Francisco.
Here are some quick facts about WETA and service to Antioch: The five-member board of directors is appointed: three by the governor, one by the Senate Committee on Rules and one by the Speaker of the Assembly. All five members serve six-year terms. State law in 2008 expanded the water agency's responsibility for consolidated public ferry service in the Bay Area and coordinating ferry transportation in response to emergencies. On the most recent day of emergency, when a June 14 fire shut down BART service between the East Bay and San Francisco for hours, ridership on the ferries nearly quadrupled. It reached almost 9,500 boarding compared with the typical weekday of about 2,500. It operates four routes on San Francisco Bay, with terminals in Vallejo, Oakland's Jack London Square, Alameda, Harbor Bay and South San Francisco. Three expansion projects are planned in the next five to 10 years at Richmond, Berkeley and Treasure Island. Identified long-term projects include Antioch, Hercules, Martinez and Redwood City. A ferry trip to San Francisco from Antioch would take 90 to 120 minutes, depending upon weather and water conditions. WETA projects a daily ridership for the Antioch service of less than 445 passenger trips by 2035.