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San Francisco's subway is so packed, people will soon pay $16 a day to take 'water taxis' to work

San Francisco, the birthplace of innovation, is looking to an old-school transit system to ease subway congestion: ferries. Over the weekend, the city gave two private "water taxi" companies, Tideline Marine Group and PROP SF, the green-light to begin scheduled commuter runs across the San Francisco Bay. If they opt into the Tideline service, passengers will board one of a handful of ferries in Berkeley, California (with more pick-up locations coming at a later date) and reach their destination at San Francisco's Pier 15 in only 20 minutes, according to Tideline's website.
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