RIO VISTA — Almost as soon as the Real McCoy II ferry returned to service after a month’s absence for emergency repairs, it returned to the sidelines.
The ferry that carries Highway 84 traffic over Cache Slough had service suspended at 2 p.m. Friday. The state Department of Transportation in a press release said the boat’s hydraulic system needed emergency repairs and that it will notify the public once it has a time frame for the ferry’s return.
For the latest information on the Real McCoy’s status, motorists can call the Caltrans Ryer Island ferry update line at 510-622-0120.
People traveling between Rio Vista and Ryer Island while the Real McCoy II is being repaired can use Highway 160 and take the J-Mack Ferry over Steamboat Slough on Highway 220, a Caltrans press release said. But the trip from Rio Vista to the J-Mack is about 16 miles, compared to 2 miles from Rio Vista to the Real McCoy II ferry.
The previous, month-long hiatus of Real McCoy II service came because the vessel’s propulsion system needed emergency repairs, according to Caltrans.
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