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Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation Project

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February 20, 2015:

The National Park Service (NPS) has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation project. The project would establish a new, longterm ferry embarkation site for passenger service between the northern San Francisco waterfront and Alcatraz Island. It would also establish occasional connecting ferry service between the selected Alcatraz ferry embarkation site and the existing Fort Baker pier, as well as between Fort Mason and other park destinations in San Francisco Bay.

The planning process is following requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

The need for the project is driven by several factors. The Alcatraz ferry embarkation site and associated connections should be a consistent feature for visitors to GGNRA that both reflects the Park Service's identity and provides a quality experience for recreational visitors. As such, the site should provide the space, circulation, and interpretive materials to appropriately and effectively orient recreational visitors to the island and GGNRA. The site should allow for efficiency in making site improvements when necessary, and ability to project facility costs. Additionally, the site provides a valuable opportunity for cross-bay recreational ferry service to other GGNRA parklands.

The DEIS can be downloaded from this website (click on Document List on the left), and viewed at the public libraries including: San Francisco Main Library; San Francisco Library Anza Branch, Sunset Branch, Marina Branch, Presidio Branch; and the Sausalito Main Library. The document will remain open for review and comment from February 20 through May 20, 2015. We invite you to attend the public meeting and tour to learn more about the project and provide comments:

March 31 at 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Bayside Conference Room
Pier 1, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

A tour of Piers 3, 31½, and 41 will be held April 2. For more information, please check this website. Information will be posted as it becomes available.

Comments can also be submitted online on this website, as well as by mail to:

Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA, 94123
Attn: Alcatraz Ferry DEIS.

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