Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility
The Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility will be the future home of WETA's central San Francisco Bay ferry fleet, providing a consolidated base for WETA to maintain vessels operating on its Alameda/Oakland, Alameda Harbor Bay, and South San Francisco ferry routes, as well as future Richmond and Treasure Island service under development. The facility will also include an Operations Control Center for service dispatch and an Emergency Operations Center that will serve as a primary location for WETA to coordinate the provision of emergency transportation services in the event of a regional disaster or transportation disruption.
The project site is located near Pier 3 of the Naval Air Station Base Realignment and Closure area known as Alameda Point (see map below) and includes development of approximately 1 acre of landside property and 1/2 acre within San Francisco Bay. The site is currently home to remnants of a former small vessel marina operated by the U.S. Navy. All debris, including a dilapidated pier extending into San Francisco Bay, would be removed as part of this project. WETA is working with the City of Alameda to provide an alternative haul-out location for a group of Harbor Seals that have been observed at the pier in recent years.
The facility will include a 70-foot high four-story building and working yard along the Alameda Point shoreline that will support light repair and maintenance work, spare parts storage, concession supply, administrative office space, records storage and deliveries. Across the street (W. Hornet Avenue) from the building, WETA will also construct a diesel fuel facility with a total storage capacity of 45,000 gallons – enough to operate WETA’s central bay services for up to a week in the event of an emergency. Extending from the shoreline of the project site and into the Bay will be a marine facility with berthing slips for 12 ferry vessels. Each slip will be outfitted with equipment to deliver fuel and utility hook-ups to WETA vessels, while a limited number of slips will be specially outfitted to meet regular vessel maintenance needs such as engine oil changes and life raft servicing.
As part of the project, WETA is committed to making the surrounding areas of its project site more attractive and accessible for Alameda residents and the public at-large. WETA will improve approximately ½ acre of land adjacent to the project site and within a future area designated as parkland by the City of Alameda. The improvements will include expansion of the San Francisco Bay Trail, construction of a shoreline viewing terrace, bicycle parking, interpretive signage, improved lighting and landscaping, and seating.
The total construction cost of the project is estimated at $45 million. Funding for the project is provided by State Proposition 1b, Federal, and RM2. Construction is estimated to begin in 2016 and be complete in 2018.
Preliminary concept design for new multi-story building and public access improvements located southeast of the intersection of West Hornet Avenue and Ferry Point Road at Alameda Point
Preliminary concept design of new berthing slips for up to 12 vessels