Bridge toll lawsuit imperils funds for San Francisco Bay hovercraft study

A lawsuit to halt Bay Area bridge toll increases could also torpedo an effort to study running hovercraft on the San Francisco Bay.

In the wake of that suit, filed in July last year, the funding for future planning is scarce at the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority, officials said at a meeting Thursday afternoon, and a proposed $400,000 study of potential routes for hovercraft ferries may need to shrink significantly.

“I don’t know if I want to be spending four hundred grand on this,” said Nick Josefowitz, a member of the WETA Board of Directors.