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Richmond commuter ferry service launches Thursday

Commuters headed from the Richmond into San Francisco will have one additional option for crossing the Bay next week with six ferries running each way, seven days a week.

Starting Thursday, four boats will go to the city each weekday morning, starting at 6:10 a.m. Two boats will be headed in that direction in the evening at 5:15 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.

Then on the weekend, two boats will go to San Francisco and back each morning with four round trips in the evening. A full schedule is available online.

The trip takes an estimated 35 minutes each way. The fare for adults is $9 each way, but Clipper Card users will be charged a discounted fair of $6.75. Adults over 65, disabled adults and youth ages 5 to 18 will only be charged $4.50.

The Richmond Ferry Terminal is listed at 1453 Harbour Way South. It’s accessible by mass transit, bicycle and car by Interstate Highway 580. Free parking is available in an adjacent lot.

To celebrate the launch of this new commuter service, city and transit officials will be on hand Thursday for a ribbon cutting ceremony and short rides around the harbor on a ferry vessel.

There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony and a panel of speakers from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South.

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