San Francisco

Boat Tour of the Bay Bridge

10:30 a.m. | Thursday, August 18, 2011

A private boat tour of the Bay Bridge narrated by Bart Ney, Senior Communications Manager at the California Department of Transportation and John Sindzinski, Manager of Planning & Development at the Water Emergency Transportation Agency (WETA). 

With the new self-anchored suspension (SAS) tower nearly completed, it is a unique moment in the bridge’s construction to witness the awe-inspiring engineering feats which will make the Bay Bridge the largest SAS bridge in the world. 

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projectis a joint venture by Caltrans, the Bay Area Toll Authority and the California Transportation Commission to retrofit the multiple spans of the Bay Bridge. As one of the country’s busiest bridges, it withstands traffic of around 280,000 vehicles per day. Due to extensive damage to the Eastern section of the bridge during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, repairs and seismic upgrades have been underway for over two decades. The new sections of the bridge are expected to be open to traffic in 2013. 


Boat departs from Gate E on the southeast
side of the Ferry Building


By invitation only

Refund Policy

Individual ticket purchases. If you request a refund between 2 and 10 business days prior to the event, SPUR can issue a 25 percent refund. Requests for refunds received less than 2 days prior to an event cannot be accommodated.

Sponsorship payments will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.


Auxiliary Services

If you are interested in participating in any SPUR meetings, seminars, conferences, programs and/or walking tours and require auxiliary aids or services for your disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts), please submit your request to SPUR at least five (5) business days in advance of the SPUR event by contacting the Public Programming team at or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two (2) business days in advance. SPUR reserves the right to deny specific requests for qualified interpreters or qualified readers to individuals who repeatedly submit requests for auxiliary aids/services and fail to cancel at least two (2) business days in advance.​

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