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The Real McCoy II ferry, which takes Highway 84 traffic across Cache Slough. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file)

Rio Vista

Real McCoy Ferry needs further repairs

By From page A4 | February 22, 2014

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.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Paul OlsonFebruary 22, 2014 - 6:45 am

    This replacement ferry has been nothing but problems. The old ferry was not down this much. Can we return to sender and get the old Real McCoy back?

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  • mescFebruary 22, 2014 - 8:38 am

    The real news would be if this ferry were in service. More dry days than working. When it is finally running, what a great day trip this would be for those of us with children. Pack a brown bag lunch, take a drive, ride the ferry. Make certain to stop by the library and look up the history of the Real McCoy. Check for articles in the Daily Republic and our Solano history websites. "There's nothing to do" is always a lie. Get out and enjoy our community. There is plenty to do and see.

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