The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) was established in 2007 by the state of California to replace the Water Transit Authority. WETA operates and maintains passenger ferries on San Francisco Bay.
At its November 2009 meeting, the WETA board approved a $200,000 contract for design and engineering of a new facility at Alameda Point. It will be called the Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility, and will service ferries operated by WETA. It will not be a passenger terminal.
In 2010, WETA began the environmental review process for the new facility. On June 2, 2011, WETA completed the state environmental review for the project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It adopted a mitigated negative declaration.
In October of 2012, the Federal Transit Authority issued its environmental report regarding impacts on endangered fish species. Other reviews will take place before the commencement of construction, which is slated for mid-2014.
WETA will lease the land at Alameda Point from the city, with lease revenue going to the city's general fund.