Originally Posted by ardecila
You might be able to swing the cost of an aerial tramway. Building piers for the pylons in the Bay would be expensive, but far less than a bridge or tunnel. If designed properly, it can haul a decent load of passengers to SF or Oakland. I'm not sure about maintenance expense, but this would certainly require less manpower than a fleet of ferries.
That would be very cool, and something that has occasionally come up in discussions over the past decade. I don't see it ever happening though, because any real discussion would be quickly overwhelmed by the Telegraph Hill Dwellers and other local NIMBY groups with deep pockets. Building something new on the island is one thing, altering their view of the Bay Bridge is something entirely different.
I think it would be awesome though.