Richmond Ferry Terminal
The Ferry Terminal on the Richmond waterfront for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) establishes an important ferry route to San Francisco. This waterfront site's architectural significance is its location within NPS's Rosie the Riveter World War II--Home Front National Historical Park.
This facility's transportation significance is also great, as it establishes a new ferry route between the existing San Francisco Ferry Terminal and the Ford Peninsula in the City of Richmond. Passengers would embark/disembark at the San Francisco terminal and at a proposed terminal on the Ford Peninsula on the southern waterfront in the City of Richmond. The terminal site is approximately 1.5 miles south of the Richmond downtown core. Carefully planning was required to integrate the ferry terminal with the adjacent Bay Trail, Harbor Way terminus, City commissioned sculpture, and Craneway Pavilion Entertainment venue. The proposed ferry terminal is to be at the southern point of Ford Peninsula, adjacent to the Ford Assembly Building - an historically and architecturally distinguished edifice along an existing wharf. The proposed terminal is designed to be an iconic element, visually distinctive, while simultaneously providing passengers panoramic Bay and City views, as well as protection from wind and rain. The facade is designed with these objectives in mind, and consists of copper penny colored louvers on the leeward side, with a glass windbreak of bird protective glazing facing windward. The new gangway and ramping system provide full accessibility for passenger loading and unloading from the concrete passenger float.
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