San Francisco Bay Ferry

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BART is shutting down transbay service this weekend to perform work on its tracks. So how will you get around?

Ferry terminal closure: San Francisco Bay Ferry is shutting down its Main Street terminal this weekend to relocate the terminal’s ferry dock and install new passenger gangways. The terminal will be shut down Saturday and Sunday and is set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. The ferry service is encouraging passengers to board at the Jack London Square terminal at 10 Clay Street in Oakland; free validated parking is available at the Washington Street Garage in Jack London Square, at 101 Washington Street. The $450,000 project is being funded by Alameda County’s Measure B sales tax for transportation.

Mayor Marie Gilmore and members of the Alameda Kiwanis Club recently honored eighth graders who earned the club’s Hope of America awards.

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Local environmentalists fear changes Alameda Municipal Power – which bills itself as “the greenest little utility in America” – plans to make to its solar program could bring an end to new solar installations on the Island. A final proposal for the new solar program, which could for the short term create tiered service for solar customers, could come before the Public Utilities Board in May.

Alameda’s ferry commuters will soon have more Main Street departures to choose from.

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Alameda schools officials are crediting new, more progressive discipline policies for a drop in suspensions and expulsions. The district has implemented restorative justice programs at Alameda, Encinal and Island high schools that focus on repairing the damage a student has done, instead of just punishing students for doing something wrong.

Managers of Alameda’s Harbor Bay and Main Street ferry services and city officials are hosting a pair of public hearings this month to gauge riders’ interest in increasing service and to collect the community’s thoughts on ways to improve access to both terminals.

Video by Donna Eyestone.

Updated at 2:52 p.m. Monday, July 1

The morning commute out of Alameda was a quiet one Monday morning – until commuters hit heavier-than-usual traffic on freeways and over the Bay Bridge.