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Latest Update on Landside Improvements

June 21, 2019

  • The City of Sausalito is seeking proposals from qualified professional engineering, architecture, and planning firms or consultant teams to provide visioning and design services for improvements to the landside of the Sausalito ferry landing
  • Request for Proposal: Planning and Design Services for Sausalito Ferry Landside Improvements Project
  • The 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 tentative timetable for landside improvements to the ferry landing is as follows:
    • Award of contract for planning and design services: Summer 2019
    • Public workshops on landside designs: Winter 2019-20
    • Start of construction: Fall 2020
    • Completion of construction: Summer 2021

Latest Update on Waterside Improvements

June 21,  2019

  • 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 June 2019, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District expected the following schedule for waterside improvements to the Sausalito ferry landing:
    • Advertise for construction: December 2019
    • Award construction contract: March 2020
    • Completion of construction: December 2022
  • The previous schedule from the bridge district, received in November 2018, called for construction to be completed by December 2021.


  • 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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