Summary of Golden Gate Ferry Capital Improvement Projects and Additional Improvement Projects from 2006 to Present




  M.S. San Francisco planned to be refurbished and repowered with new engines. Current Budget: $10 million funded with $6,977,078 FTA funds and $3,022,922 State I-Bond funds.


November 2012 Grant-funded project to install New Bike Racks at Larkspur Terminal began  
September 19 to October 19, 2012 Public comment period on Draft Initial Study prepared on a project to make proposed improvements to the Sausalito Terminal (landing) vessel boarding system. A Mitigated Negative Declaration is proposed. Budget: Estimated at $10 million, with 80% Federal funding and 20% District funding.
May 14, 2012 M.V. Del Norte went to dry dock on May 14, 2012, returned to Larkspur on October 8, 2012, and went into service on October 24, 2012.  
April 13, 2012 M.V. Napa entered service on the Larkspur/San Francisco route. Vessel delivered to Larkspur Terminal on April 8, 2012, after a complete refurbishment in Washington State from March 2011 to March 2012. Budget: Refurbishment budget shown below


June 20, 2011 M.V. Mendocino entered into service on the Larkspur/San Francisco route after delivery back to Larkspur on June 16, 2011, after new generators installed at Bay Ship & Yacht. On May 15, 2011, M.V. Mendocino taken out of service and delivered to Bay Ship & Yacht for the new generator installation.  
May 16, 2011 M.V. Golden Gate entered into service on Larkspur/San Francisco route. On March 29, 2011, M.V. Golden Gate delivered to Larkspur from Washington State after a complete refurbishment.  
March 30, 2011 M.V. Napa taken out of service and delivered to Washington State for a complete refurbishment which took one year to complete.  


October 28, 2010 M.V. Mendocino returned to Larkspur Terminal and entered into service October 28, 2010.  
October 8, 2010 M.V. Del Norte returned to service on October 8, 2010, after repairs to the water jet system that were identified when the vessel was returned from Washington State to Larkspur Terminal.  
October 8, 2010 M.V. Mendocino taken out of service and delivered to Bay Ship & Yacht for regularly scheduled main engine preventative maintenance.  
August 16, 2010 M.V. Mendocino taken out of service for routine dry dock operations at Bay Ship & Yacht. On September 9, 2010, the M.V. Mendocino returned to service on the Larkspur/San Francisco route.  
June 20, 2010 M.V. Del Norte delivered back to Larkspur Terminal from Washington State after being taken up to Washington State on September 25, 2009, for new engines (repowering).  
March 25, 2010 M.V. Golden Gate and M.V. Napa refurbishment contract awarded to Ice Floe, LLC (dba Nichols Brothers).  


September 25, 2009

This project continues into 2013

Contract awarded to Moffatt & Nichol to develop conceptual designs, conduct environmental studies and engineering services for modifications and improvements to the Larkspur, San Francisco, and Sausalito ferry facilities, including new passenger loading systems to improve the accessibility of passenger loading and disembarking. Budget: $7.9 million with $6. 3 million in FTA funds (80%) and $1.6 million in District funds (20%).
September 25, 2009 Contract awarded to Ice Floe, LLC (dba Nichols Brothers) for the M.V. Del Norte get four new engines (Tier 2, 12V4000M60), new main drive line components, new water jets. Budget: $6.4 million - $3.2 million in Air District Carl Moyer funds (50%), $3 million in FTA funds (46%), $0.3 million in District funds (4%).
June 10, 2009 M.V. Snohomish renamed M.V. Napa. Ceremony was held on the Napa River, Napa County
May 28, 2009 M.V. Napa entered into service on Larkspur/San Francisco route.  
May 27, 2009 M.V. Del Norte taken out of service to await new engines.  
May 11, 2009 M.V. Napa delivered in Larkspur. $450,000 was allocated for minor refurbishment prior to delivery to Larkspur; cost is part of the larger refurbishment project noted
January 16, 2009 M.V. Chinook and M.V. Snohomish purchased from Washington State Ferry. Budget for purchase of two vessels and refurbish: $23.4 million ($4.4 million for vessel purchase and $19 million for refurbishment). Funded with $8,566,469 in Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (37%), $9,920,000 in FTA funds (42%), $2,116,322 in State I-Bond funds (9%), and $2,807,209 in District funds (12%). The total project budget was increased by $725,000 from FTA grant funds to $24.4 million in April 2011. The FTA total funding share increased to 44% or $10,645,000.


March 31, 2008 to July 16, 2008 On December 14, 2007, contract awarded to Valley Power Systems North, Inc. for the purchase of four new MTU 12V4000M60 EPA Tier II marine diesel engines for the M.V. Mendocino. The contract for the installation of the new engines (repower) awarded to Bay Ship & Yacht Co., Alameda, CA. From March 31 through July 15, 2008, the M.V. Mendocino underwent annual dry docking inspection and new engines were installed. On July 16, 2008, the M.V. Mendocino returned to service on the Larkspur-San Francisco route. $3.3 million budget with 62% FTA funds and 38% Air District Carl Moyer funds.


July 18, 2007 through January 18, 2008 New storage and inspection building constructed at Larkspur Terminal.  
May 24, 2007 Contract awarded for new storage and inspection building to be constructed at Larkspur Terminal. Grant funds through the Transit Security Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
November 2006 to July 2007 M.S. Marin (715-passenger Spaulding vessel) completely refurbished. Vessel returned to service on Sausalito/San Francisco route on July 28, 2007. Grant funds supported 76% of the $7.8M refurbishment.