Loma Prieta Earthquake – October 17, 1989
During the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, The Bay Bridge experienced devastation that caused a 76 x 50 foot section of the upper deck on the eastern cantilever side to fall onto the deck below. In response to this horrific event, Blue & Gold Fleet helped carry over 15,000 stranded passengers between Oakland and San Francisco at no charge.
During the following weeks, Blue & Gold Fleet continued expanding ferry service to Oakland and Alameda as well as to Berkeley during the month-long bridge closure. Ultimately, this event led to the revitalization of the Alameda and Oakland Ferry service to San Francisco and to the expansion of the Vallejo ferry service. Today, Blue & Gold Fleet operates these services as well as the Alameda Harbor Bay, South San Francisco and Richmond ferry lines through a contract with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Blue & Gold Fleet carried more than 4 million passengers in 2018 and in the last five years ferry ridership has grown 85 percent.