SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Commuters on both sides of San Francisco Bay will have another option to get across the bay when a new ferry route begins running Monday.

Officials say when new service between South San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda launches it will be the first ferry run introduced since the Alameda Harbor Bay to San Francisco line opened in March 1992.

As part of plan to create interest in the new route officials with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, the agency that operates all but the Golden Gate ferry routes across San Francisco Bay, say passengers will ride for free the first week.

After the first week, one-way fares for 40-minute trip will be $7.

Preparations for the new ferry service were expected to be finished about two years ago, but authority Executive Director Nina Rannells said the service couldn’t launch until funding and approval issues were finalized.

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