A private passenger ferry service operating under respective permits with the Port of Redwood City and the Port of San Francisco started service on Monday, January 7, between the two ports on a five-week trial basis, arriving at Wharf 5 at the Port of Redwood City. There is no public service.
Port of Redwood City Executive Director Michael J. Giari said that the privately chartered ferry service is being operated by Multi-National Logistics Systems (MLS) and is carrying passengers to and from work from San Francisco to Redwood City for a private employer in Silicon Valley. Buses meet the ferries on Wharf 5 at the Port of Redwood City to transport passengers to and from their place of work. The ferry service provides four trips per day, Monday-Friday, with two trips in the morning and two trips each afternoon. The arrivals are between 7-9 a.m. and the departures between 4-6 p.m.
This is a pilot program for the employer to evaluate this mode of transportation for their employees. The pilot program will last for five weeks and will terminate on February 7. The vessel carries 149 passengers and travels at 27 knots. Port of Redwood City's tariff rates for this size vessel, berthed at a commercial wharf is $95 per day. The ferry has a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection. Crew are members of Masters Mates and Pilots Union.