CrossingsBay Round Up
Bay Crossings Staff report
Alameda Cuts Service
Alameda Oakland Ferry is dropping its seasonal morning run, the 7:40
am from Oakland and 7:50 am from Alameda to San Francisco effective
Friday, October 1st, 2004. This service is expected to be restored
next spring and this cancellation is an annual event.
Vallejo Responds To Increased MUNI Costs
MUNI stickers were routinely issued to monthly Vallejo commuters
until MUNI recently raised the cost of this inclusion. Given the new
cost, Baylink has requested that only those passengers who use MUNI
request the transfer. Transfer stickers are available for ticket
books purchased at Muggs and at the Bay Crossings store in the Ferry
Building, but not presently at other 3rd party suppliers. At
present, Baylink hopes that only those passengers who actually use
MUNI will request the transfer stickers, to help reduce costs.
Baylink is negotiating with MUNI to reduce the cost of transfers as
well as considering a two-tier price system, with a higher cost for
those books that include a MUNI transfer.
Intintoli Interior Renovation Underway
The Intinoli will be unavailable until October 16th while interior
renovations are completed. After seven years of spilled coffee and
general wear and tear, a face-lift is in order. Interior walls will
be painted, seats replaced and the restrooms will be redone. Useable
seats off the Intintoli will go to replace failed seats on the Mare
Island, which is next in line for an interior rehabilitation. (While
Baylink maintains the archaic practice of designating Motor Vessels
as “MV,” Bay Crossings has dropped the practice, as there are few
steamships (SS), few steam turbines (TSS) and even fewer nuclear
steamships (NS). However, when we find one of these elder relics, we
will use the appropriate designation, such as the SS Jeremiah
Other Vallejo News
The Vallejo is scheduled to return to its builder for aluminum
replacement and it is likely that a chartered back-up vessel will be
used while it is out of service, scheduled for April 2005.
Passengers have asked the concessionaire to provide healthier
choices for customers, noting that bottled water (for example) costs
more than a fountain drink. A suggestion box is planned to be
installed at the Vallejo ferry terminal.
Harbor Bay Ferry Dock
The Harbor Bay ferry has been out of service since the abrupt
failure of several pilings caused the dock to drift slightly, in
turn damaging the gangway. A lot of effort by the city of Alameda
and Harbor Bay Maritime have gone in to determining the cause of the
failure and appropriate repairs. As things now stand, it is expected
that the replacement pilings and the repaired existing pilings will
be completed October 1st. Check the website for the date for actual
reinstitution of service.
The SS Independence now In San Francisco
The SS Independence has been moved from Mare Island to the San
Francisco Dry-dock for unknown work. Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL)
now owns this classic steamship, recently used in Hawaii before the
bankruptcy failure of American Classic Voyages, and her fate is
uncertain, as at press time, we were unable to determine the owner’s
intentions. NCL has one American flagged modern diesel powered ship
operating in Hawaii and expects to add the most recent, mostly
American built ship, as her running mate.