Friday, June 18, 2010

Vallejo Ferry Terminal improvement project set to launch

Vallejo Ferry Terminal improvement project set to launch
Times-Herald staff report
Posted: 06/17/2010 01:01:02 AM PDT

A project to renovate the Baylink ticket office and restrooms has begun at the Vallejo ferry building. During construction, the Baylink ticket office is being relocated to the adjacent Vallejo Visitor Information Center. (Stacey J. Miller /Times-Herald)
Changes are afloat at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal as the city goes full steam ahead on improvements to the rest rooms, ticket counter and roof.
Federal stimulus money is footing the bill for the upgrades to the Mare Island Way facility.
After Friday morning commute hours, Vallejo Ferry customers will be directed to a new, temporary ticket counter inside the
terminal. It will be next to the Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau, city engineering technician Joshua Sanchez said.
Meanwhile, the existing ticket counter will be upgraded to allow more space and other amenities.
Later Friday, the existing men's and women's rest rooms will be closed off.
People will be directed to temporary facilities to the north of the ferry building, adjacent to the parking lot, Sanchez said.
"We expect the full transfer to occur after the morning rush, but the first transfer will be the ticket office," Sanchez said.
Construction work is expected to take about four months, city senior civil engineer Allan Panganiban said.
Besides the construction work, ferry riders are also contending with fewer parking spaces along the water. Some 260 spaces have been blocked off to make way for the first phase of Vallejo Station, a multi-story parking structure on Santa Clara Street.
Ferry riders will have more than 1,000 parking spots in nearby lots, on the street and in parking areas south of City Hall.
Public notices about the loss of the parking spaces and the upcoming changes to rest rooms and ticket counter have been posted in the Vallejo Ferry Building, on the boats and on the city's web site.