Monday, December 20, 2010

Regional & Urban Design Forum: Waterworld: Ferry TOD's

Using Bay Area waterways for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a great way to create and strengthen connections between Bay Area cities. The Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is making efforts to improve the ability of ferries to respond in an emergency and improve transit in a heavily congested area. At the next Regional and Urban Design Meeting we will be discussing ferry terminals in Antioch, Martinez and Hercules.

Antioch and Martinez terminals can support growing waterfront business and residential communities by anchoring Water-Transit Oriented Development (WaTOD).

Berkeley ferry service is a vital link in improving our regions emergency response capabilities as well as a sound transit investment. Following natural or man-made disasters, a Berkeley ferry terminal increases our region's ability to respond quickly to evacuate passengers.

A new Hercules waterfront development "Hercules Bayfront" -- a mixed-use commercial and residential area, complete with a bus stop and rail station - is currently under development adjacent to the proposed ferry terminal.

• The waterfront project will include approximately 1,392 dwelling units, 134,000 sq. ft. of flex space, 205,000 sq. ft. of retail, office and civic space, parking and a variety of restaurants and cafes. It will be pedestrian and bike friendly.

• A total of nearly 2,900 dwelling units have been or are in development along the Hercules waterfront.

Join us at noon on Tuesday, January 11, to hear John Sindzinski explain these projects and other ferry terminal projects at Redwood City, South San Francisco, and Treasure Island and learn about related terminal area development.

John Sindzinski

John Sindzinski began working for the WTA January 2005. He last hails from Community Transit in Everett, Washington, where he was the Chief Operations and Development Officer. Prior to living in Washington, he gained a working knowledge of Bay Area transit issues while serving as staff at Contra Costa County Connection and MTC. John holds a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) from UC Berkeley.

Learning Objectives

  • What are the environmental advantages of ferry transit?
    What is the history of ferry service in the Bay Area, including the new WETA?

    What projects is WETA pursing around the Bay Area to achieve environmental goals and reduce GHG?

    How to these projects relate to increasing
    TOD project opportunities?
    How does WETA provide emergency response services to the Bay Area?

Regional & Urban Design Forum: Waterworld: Ferry TOD's
John Sindzinski, Manager, Planning and Development, will present and overview of WETA and discuss new ferry terminals around the Bay and related terminal area development.
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Contact: 510/464-3600 or Doug Frazier, AIA
Cost: None; this forum is open to all. Please RSVP.
1.5 CES LUs

For more information: 510/464-3600

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