California Transit Association

Member Profiles

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Operating Revenue


Operating Expenditure


Capital Revenue


Capital Expenditure


Fleet Inventory

12 vessels


Year Founded


Context for Year Founded

Established as teh Water Transportation Authority (WTA). Name changed to Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) in 2007 when coordinating the water transit response to a regional emergency was added to organization's responsibilities.

Governing or Corporate Structure

The WETA is managed by a five member Board of Directors. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board are appointed by the Governor

Significant Historical Milestones

* • WETA's predecessor agency, the Water Transit Authority (WTA) was established by California State Legislature in 1999 to consolidate existing ferry services operated by the cities of Valley, Alameda and Oakland into comprehensive water transit system; and to expand water transit on the San Francisco. In 2007, the agency name was changes to Water Emergency Transportation Authority and it responsibilities expanded to include coordination of the water transit response to a regional emergency.

Public Transit and Commuter Rail Agencies

Number of Employees


Annual Ridership

1.9 million

Number of Bus Routes Provided


Number of Rail Lines Served


Major Planned Investments

* Purchase and construction of 5 new boats * Launch at least one new ferry route: between Cities of Richmond and San Francisco. *Construct maintenance and operation facilities in cities of Vallejo and Alameda CA. * Expand City of San Francisco Ferry Building ferry terminal docks