The National Park Service Released the Draft EIS for the Future Long-term Location of the Alcatraz Embarkation Site for Public Review

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Date: March 6, 2015
Contact: Howard Levitt, 415-561-4730

San Francisco –The National Park Service (NPS) has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation project. The project would establish a new, long-term (50 years or more) ferry embarkation site for passenger service between the northern San Francisco waterfront and Alcatraz Island. The NPS is the lead federal agency, and worked with the Port of San Francisco (Port) in developing the project alternatives.

The DEIS analyzes three action alternatives including Pier 31½, Pier 41, and Pier 3, located at Fort Mason. All three sites meet the project objectives and are feasible alternatives. Typically, a Draft EIS identifies a preferred alternative;however, the NPS cannot identify a preferred alternative for the project at this time because agreement has not been reached with the Port on fundamental terms and conditions of potential NPS occupancy of a Port site. Conversations with the Port over the past year have centered on occupancy of Pier 31½ as presented in the Draft EIS.

The DEIS is available for public review and comment fromFebruary 20 through May 20, 2015. There is a public meeting scheduled for March 31st. The final EIS including responses to comment will be released in late 2015/early 2016, followed by the Record of Decision.

The public is invited to attend the public meeting and tour to learn more about the project and provide comments. The public meeting will be heldMarch 31 at 4:00 to 7:00 the Bayside Conference Room, Pier 1, The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94111. A tour of Piers 3, 31½, and 41 will be held on April 2.

The DEIS can be downloaded at the project website, and viewed at the public libraries including: San Francisco Main Library; San Francisco Library Anza Branch, Sunset Branch, Marina Branch, Presidio Branch; and the Sausalito Main Library.

Comments can also be submitted online at the project website:, as well as by mail to: Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, 94123, Attn: Alcatraz Ferry DEIS.

Last updated: March 7, 2015

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