Most cities in the Bay Area have waterfront access (map
). Be it North Bay cities like Sausalito, San Rafael, Petaluma and Napa (via rivers).... East Bay cities like Alameda, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond.... Delta cities like Crockett, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg.... southern East Bay cities like San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Newark.... penninsula cities like Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Mateo, Millbrae... San Francisco itself...
So, why are there no water taxis? The ferries are on fixed routes, run about once an hour, and are slow. To go from the Oakland airport to the San Francisco airport, isn't the shortest route directly across the water? Wouldn't that be faster -- especially with traffic? Why have no water shuttle services sprung up? Should I get out there with my ultra-quiet, fuel cell speed boat
to fill the niche? I googled the question and only found people saying water taxis would be a good idea
. Anyone know of groups working to get water taxis happening? Is there some reason this is a bad idea? Wildlife? Strong currents? General boat chaos?
The broader reason I ask -- I've become obsessed with the fact that (ignoring the ferries) I can only get across this large body of water on two fixed routes -- the BART tunnel and the bridge. I stand on the waterfront between Emeryville and Berkeley (pic
- wrong location, right feeling) looking at the city and wanting to get there without going down in a tunnel or on a bridge high above. If I lived in San Francisco, I could just bike to work, being outside the entire time, but living in the East Bay, every time I want to cross, I pay $3.50, get in some public transit conveyor system, go through one of two fixed routes on their timetable. The overnight bridge closures this weekend show how much we depend on these paths, and what if one or both gets wrecked in an earthquake?
So, for my daily commute, could I row from Emeryville to San Francisco? What would I do with the kayak on either end?
I'm a total maritime newbie, so please forgive any obvious mistakes... I'd just love to hear anything about the idea of individuals being able to get around the Bay Area by water.