The Update: Alameda ferry maintenance center wins a $3 million grant

The Update: Alameda ferry maintenance center wins a $3 million grant

Michele Ellson
ferry maintenance center

A rendering of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority's planned Central Bay Maintenance and Operations Facility at Alameda Point.

THE STORY: The Water Emergency Transportation Authority – which runs the Bay Area’s ferries – plans to build its Central Bay Maintenance and Operations Facility at Alameda Point. The planned facility – a 25,000 square foot building and four underground diesel vaults on a third of an acre on West Hornet Avenue, and 11 boat slips – would house fleet maintenance services, a control center and an emergency operations center for central bay ferry operations.

THE LATEST: The authority announced Tuesday that it won a $3 million federal grant to help pay for the new maintenance facility, the total cost of which a 2011 estimate put at $33.4 million (spokespeople for the ferry service didn’t respond to requests for information about the project).

WHAT’S NEXT: The ferry authority has completed environmental review of the proposed project and is working to secure additional approvals and its lease with the city for the Alameda Point spot.

MORE INFORMATION: The crew at Alameda Point Info has assembled a special blog to track the progress of the facility; the ferry authority has some information on its website.