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Latest Update on Landside Improvements

December 10,  2018

At its meeting on October 30, the City Council received a status update on the visioning phase of a project to make landside improvements to the Sausalito ferry landing. Intended to complement the waterside improvements to the ramp and float of the ferry landing, the landside work focuses on improving bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle circulation in the surrounding areas, as well as improving public access to the waterfront.

The landside project has $2.5 million in funding, which includes a $2.4 million grant from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and an appropriation of $100,000 from the City of Sausalito. 

The status update on landside improvements was presented by architect Robert Hayes of Robert Hayes + Associates, the City's primary consultant on the project. Hayes presented a minimum project that would satisfy bridge district grant requirements, as well as two enhanced designs that introduce additional improvements beyond the minimum. View the presentation slides. The estimated cost of the minimum project is $2.5 million. As part of the presentation, John Eberle of the bridge district also reviewed the project schedule for waterside improvements.

The enhanced landside designs were presented to get feedback from the City Council and to kick off a community engagement phase that will ask residents and commuters to share their vision of landside improvements.

The landside improvements presented to Robert Hayes are currently being reviewed by the Sustainability Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and the General Plan Advisory Committee. Those City bodies have been asked to prepare "white papers" identifying strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities associated with the project.

The public workshop on landside ferry landing improvements that had been tentatively scheduled for January 19, 2019, has been postponed pending the completion of the review process by City commissions. When a public workshop is held, it will incorporate the ideas and comments generated during the "white paper" process. Keep an eye on future editions of Sausalito Currents for the date of the workshop and other opportunities for public comment.

Any questions or comments about ferry landing landside improvements may be directed to Jonathon Goldman, Public Works Director and City Engineer, at (415) 289-4176 or jgoldman@sausalito.gov.

Latest Update on Waterside Improvements

November 2,  2018

  • At the October 10, 2017, meeting of the Sausalito City Council, the Council voted unanimously to grant consent, with conditions, for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's revised plans to remove the existing Sausalito ferry landing and build a new ferry landing. The vote for consent included a list of 18 conditions of approval, which were accepted by the Bridge District. 
  • As of November 2018, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District anticipated the following schedule for waterside improvements to the Sausalito ferry landing:
    • End of 2018: Complete project designs
    • Spring 2019: Prepare bid package and secure all permits
    • Spring 2019: Advertise bid package for construction
    • Summer 2019: Award construction contract
    • End of 2019: Begin construction
    • End of 2021: Construction complete


  • In early 2015, the City Council established a public review process to review the proposed plans from the Bridge District for waterside improvements to the Sausalito ferry landing. The process culminated in the City Council denying consent to the project. Review materials from the 2015 process.
  • In early 2016, the City Council established a subsequent review process to review the District's revised plans, and several meetings were held. Review materials from 2016 process.
  • In September 2016, the City of Sausalito filed a Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory Relief in Marin County Superior Court against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Review the lawsuit materials.
  • In late July 2017, the City and the District executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to stay for six months the parties' pending litigation arising from the District's project to replace the existing ferry terminal located in Sausalito. The MOU was executed on Friday, July 28, 2017. Under the MOU, the Bridge District will submit newly revised plans for the project.

2017 Revised Plan Submission

In the 2017 revised plan submission, the District proposed reductions in the length and width of the ferry terminal from the plans which were submitted in March of 2016. The width of the proposed float will be reduced by 4 feet, from 53 feet (March 2016) to 49 feet (revised proposal), with a corresponding reduction in the width of the gangway from 16 feet (March 2016) to 12 feet (revised proposal). The length of the proposed float will be reduced by 1.5 feet, from 145.5 feet (March 2016) to 144 feet (revised proposal).  

The revised plans also incorporate changes to the design features of the Project pursuant to input received in March of 2016.  The District is proposing that the color used for gates, railings, and gangway be a galvanized steel (light grey). With regard to lighting, the District is proposing, warm spot lighting along the access pier and gangway. Additionally, the lighting on the float has been reduced in height by one foot, from 19 feet to 18 feet. Pursuant to the July 28, 2017 Memorandum of Understanding the District and the City are consulting with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) in an effort to persuade BCDC to consent to remove the belvederes from the proposed project. Where applicable in the plans, the District has provided two alternatives for the belvederes on the access pier; one version shows the belvederes on the access pier and the other version shows the access pier without the belvederes.

Photo Renderings

The District submitted revised photo renderings on August 17, 2017. View the photo renderings. The Bridge District's revised renderings compare the existing ferry landing with the proposed ferry landing from various vantage points. The new renderings also incorporate input received during the Planning Commission and Historic Landmark Board meetings on the paint color used for gates, railings, and gangway.


The District submitted revised plans on August 29, 2017.

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