Ferry riders board a ship at the San Francisco Ferry Building. (Getty Images)

Ferry riders board a ship at the San Francisco Ferry Building. (Getty Images)

Golden Gate Ferry service braces for homeless protests – advises passengers arrive early

Golden Gate Ferry is advising commuters today to arrive earlier than usual for scheduled boats.

It’s not just the Super Bowl City festivities that’s causing delays. Golden Gate Ferry is warning its customers of a protest by homeless advocates, in the afternoon.

At around 4 p.m. advocates are expected to protest near the San Francisco Ferry Building, notes an advisory from Golden Gate Ferry to its riders.

The advocates are protesting treatment of the homeless for Super Bowl City, and allege Mayor Ed Lee has tasked city agencies with sweeping homeless people out of sight for the Super Bowl festivities. A “tent village” of sorts has arisen on Division Street since the Super Bowl City sprang up, critics allege, as the homeless are pushed out by city officials.

“We, the people of San Francisco, demand that Super Bowl City and Ed Lee pay and invest $5 million right now in housing,” the group wrote, in a press statement.

Golden Gate Ferry in an email advised that potential “Occupy” protests would be the source of disruption – not naming the Coalition on Homelessness, the actual group protesting.

According to Golden Gate Ferry, The Port and the San Francisco Police Department designated the southern end of the Ferry Building as the access route to Golden Gate’s SF Ferry Terminal and the Ferry Plaza.

There will be no access through the center of the Ferry Building, the agency said.

Golden Gate Bridge District spokeswoman Priya Clemens said ferry delays aren’t likely, but passengers should still plan ahead.

“No service interruptions, we hope, but expect delays for passengers to get to the ferry,” she said.

Her best advice? Clemens said, “Arrive early, and bring patience.”

More information on service changes for the Golden Gate Ferry and Golden Gate Transit is available at the Golden Gate Bridge District’s website.Transit

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