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Statistics & Ridership

Monthly Ferry Ridership (data subject to change)

GGF Ridership FY 2017/2018
(ending June 30, 2018)
FY 2018/2019
(ending June 30, 2019)
FY 2019/2020
(ending June 30, 2020)
July
274,011
265,897
250,836
August
276,793
268,505
255,583
September
233,961
223,543
219,679
October
217,209
221,208
 
November
184,277
165,769  
December
170,148
160,389  
January
176,722
174,437  
February
171,793
150,792  
March
197,624
190,688  
April
209,372
215,436  
May
224,118
209,932  
June
242,119
223,549  
Annual Total
2,578,147
2,470,145
726,098

Annual Ridership

Fiscal Year
(ending June 30)
Annual Ridership
Average Daily Ridership
(All Routes)
All Routes
Larkspur*
Sausalito
Tiburon†
Weekday
Saturday
Sunday/
Holiday
FY 2019 2,470,145            
FY 2018 2,578,137 1,660,272 726,010 191,855 8,509 4,383 3,621
FY 2017
2,523,077
1,692,741
768,942
61,394
8,203
4,585
3,747
FY 2016
2,545,122
1,753,484
791,638
n/a
8,204
4,843
3,898
FY 2015
2,540,691
1,727,872
812,819
n/a
8,219
4,953
4,083
FY 2014
2,470,583
1,677,050
793,533
n/a
7,812
4,861
4,172
FY 2013
2,324,874
1,605,989
718,885
n/a
7,465
4,482
3,685
FY 2012
2,195,414
1,526,375
669,039
n/a
7,016
4,116
3,488
FY 2011
2,031,219
1,432,039
599,180
n/a
6,532
3,615
3,237
FY 2010
1,922,095
1,338,764
583,331
n/a
6,057
3,779
3,341
FY 2009
1,949,035
1,370,400
578,635
n/a
6,273
3,681
2,999
FY 2008
1,979,843
1,414,588
565,255
n/a
6,340
3,535
3,259
FY 2007
2,024,935
1,477,762
547,173
n/a
6,590
3,561
3,015
FY 2006
1,870,169
1,402,668
467,501
n/a
6,099
3,075
2,876
FY 2005
1,750,678
1,335,816
414,862
n/a
5,719
2,997
2,549

NOTES:

* Larkspur ridership figures include special services such as service to San Francisco Giants baseball games at Oracle Park.
Tiburon commute service began March 6, 2017.

Annual Ridership (Historical)

Fiscal Year
(ending June 30)
Annual Ridership
(All Routes)
Average Weekday Ridership
(All Routes)
Comments
FY 2004
1,660,369
5,349
-
FY 2003
1,596,121
5,224
-
FY 2002
1,652,420
5,538
-
FY 2001
1,885,618
6,231
-
FY 2000
 
1,857,355
6,192
March 2000, service starts from Larkspur to AT&T Park (then called Pac Bell Park) for San Francisco Giants baseball games.
FY 1999
1,670,620
5,566
-
FY 1998
1,554,493
5,137
-
FY 1997
1,509,886
4,951
-
FY 1996
1,429,549
4,599
-
FY 1995
1,332,158
4,317
-
FY 1994
1,403,830
4,519
-
FY 1993
1,466,050
4,676
-
FY 1992
1,524,000*
-
-
FY 1991
1,506,000*
-
-
FY 1990
1,624,000*
-
In November and December 1989, following the October 17, 1989, Loma Prieta Earthquake, ferry ridership increased by 60%.
FY 1989
1,495,000*
-
-
FY 1988
1,452,000*
-
-
FY 1987
1,439,000*
-
-
FY 1986
1,279,000*
-
-
FY 1985
1,126,000*
-
December 1983 to November 1985, the three Spaulding vessels were sequentially taken out of service to be converted from gas turbine to diesel to cut operating costs.
FY 1984
1,025,000*
-
FY 1983
1,070,000*
-
FY 1982
1,274,671
-
Ferry ridership records were set during the January 1982 storms in Marin County.
FY 1981
1,816,731
-
-
FY 1980
1,117,508
-
-
FY 1979
2,059,908
-
During the fuel crisis in 1978/1979, a ridership record was set in May 1979, when ferries carried 53,271 passengers in a week.
FY 1978
2,142,448
-
-
FY 1977
1,708,321
-
December 1976, service starts from Larkspur to San Francisco.
FY 1976
1,103,810
-
-
FY 1975
1,087,804
-
-
FY 1974
1,061,494
-
-
NOTE: * indicates ridership is rounded

Ridership on Giants Ferry / Oracle Park Service

Season
Ridership
2018 53,125
2017
66,394
2016
77,683
2015
75,601
2014
79,307
2013
80,782
2012
92,299
2011
94,385
2010
87,456
2009
64,797
2008
63,321
2007
72,617
2006
80,844
2005
78,399
2004
90,589
2003
55,133
2002
105,962
2001
79,815
2000
83,300

Highest Ridership Days

 

Larkspur

Sausalito
Total

Friday, July 21, 2006

Spare the Air Day (free rides by MTC/BAAQMD)

13,340

11,559
24,899
Friday, June 23, 2006

Spare the Air Day (free rides by MTC/BAAQMD)

10,522

6,295
16,817
January 6, 1982

Major Flooding in Marin County

12,275

4,118

16,393
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
World Champion San Francisco Giants Parade and Celebration
14,099
2,099
16,198

November 3, 2010

Giants World Series Victory Parade & Celebration

12,823
2,296
15,119
Friday, October 31, 2014
World Champion San Francisco Giants Parade and Celebration
10,622
 
1,365
11,987

July 30, 1977

A hot summer day

4,339

6,519

10,858
Saturday, April 28, 2012
South approach to the Golden Bridge, Doyle Drive, was closed for demolition
6,175
3,805
9,980
Sunday, April 29, 2012
South approach to the Golden Bridge, Doyle Drive, was closed for demolition
6,193
3,340
9,534
Saturday, October 6, 2012 Multiple events in San Francisco with Fleet Week, America’s Cup, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, SF Giants Playoff game, and more
6,266
3,090
9,356
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Golden Gate Bridge was closed to install a moveable median barrier
5,617
3,308
8,925
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Multiple events in San Francisco with Fleet Week, America’s Cup, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, SF Giants Playoff game, and more
4,687
2,250
7,937

Transit Fare Increases, 1993 to present

The District operates the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Transit and Golden Ferry with four primary funding sources: Bridge tolls, transit fares, grants and contracts, and advertising/concessions. Transit fare increases assist in meeting operating expenses, which in turn assist the District in providing its public transit services. The current target set for bus fares is that they cover 25% of operating costs of regional bus services and for ferry fares is that they cover 40% of ferry operating costs.

Golden Gate Transit  and Golden Gate Ferry fares have been increased as follows since 1994: 

  • July 1, 1993, bus fares increased 10% specifically for travel to the East Bay and to San Francisco from Marin County.
  • July 1, 1994, bus fares increased up to 14% for travel from Sonoma and Marin counties to San Francisco.
  • July 1, 1994, the daily Sausalito Ferry adult cash fare increased from $3.75 to $4.25, and the Larkspur Ferry weekend adult cash fare increased from $3.25 to $4.25 (the Larkspur Ferry weekday adult cash fare remained at $2.50).
  • July 1, 1998, a Five-year Fare Increase Program was implemented; bus and ferry fares increased annually as follows: 10% in 1998; 3% in 1999; 4.2% in 2000; 5.5 % in 2001; 5.4% in 2002.
  • July 1, 2003, bus fares were increased by 5% and ferry fares increased from 30% to 70% to bring them into line with other ferry fares in the Bay Area as they were considerably lower.
  • July 1, 2004, bus and ferry fares increased by 10%.
  • July 1, 2005, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2006, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2007, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2008, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2009, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2010, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • January 1, 2011, Golden Gate Ferry Clipper card discount fares increased by 10%.
  • July 1, 2011, bus and ferry cash fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2012, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2013, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2014, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2015, bus and ferry fares increased by 5%.
  • July 1, 2016, bus and ferry fares increased by 4%.
  • July 1, 2017, bus and ferry fares increased.
  • July 1, 2018, most bus and ferry fares increased.
  • July 1, 2019, most bus and ferry fares increased.

NOTE: Ridership figures are for San Francisco Giants baseball games only and do not include other special event service.

Each season typically runs from April through September.

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