Transit agency to consider buying additional ferry 

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, which operates the ferry service between San Francisco and Larkspur, is considering purchasing another high-speed passenger ferry to improve service.

Ridership has been steadily growing on the ferry route, according to Golden Gate officials. The district has two of the vessels. A third would provide an additional 499 seats during peak service hours.

A decision on the contract will be made at today’s board of directors meeting, held at the administration building at the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza at 10 a.m.

SCHOOLS

SFUSD to hold conference for parents on various topics

San Francisco Unified School District will host its second parent conference Saturday. Teenagers, education experts and parents will discuss student health, Internet safety, homework habits and college applications. The day’s keynote speaker will be Lateefah Simon, director of re-entry services for San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Simon grew up in The City’s Western Addition area.

The parent conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello Blvd.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Firefighters to inspect its investment in Florida

A San Francisco Fire lieutenant and one firefighter are due to travel next week to the American LaFrance Manufacturing plant in Florida for a pre-construction review and midconstruction inspection of emergency vehicles, including hazardous materials vehicles, contracted by the San Francisco Fire Department. In September, the department reported extensive mechanical problems with 10 American LaFrance engines purchased for $351,000 apiece.

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