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Archive for the 'Ferries' Category


Say Goodbye to the Evergreen State

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/06/23_EState.htm June 29th will be the last day the ferry Evergreen State will be running between Friday Harbor and Anacortes. Catch a ride while you can. Ben

New Tool for Ferry Users

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/12/17_Newestonlinetool.htm WSDOT is launching a new tool that will tell you the number of available spaces at a particular terminal for a particular sailing. This is a great new tool for those who use the ferry system. Ben

Ferries May Be Running on LNG

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/11/LNG_11202013.htm The Washington State Ferry system is working towards using Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel source. This would be implemented on the Issaquah class ferries. More information is available here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Environment/LNG.htm Ben

Ferries Begin Summer Schedule

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/06/Summer_060313.htm Added vessels and trips mark the summer ferry travel season in Washington. Ben

Ferry Fares Increasing May 1

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/04/FerryFares_042413.htm Ferry fares will increase with a 25% surcharge beginning May 1, same as every summer. Ben

Human Error in Walla Walla Motor Failure

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/03/11_WallaWalla.htm Human error destroyed a drive motor on the ferry Walla Walla, taking it out of service. Ben

Riders Want Answers to Ferry Problems

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Frustrated-riders-demand-solutions-to-ongoing-ferry-problems-181491921.html Many sailings have been missed lately on critical ferry runs due to staffing and other issues. Ben

Two New Ferries Named

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/11/14/2366680/tacoma-new-ferries-named-for-tribe.html The two new state ferries have been named the Samish and the Tokitae. This follows the tradition of giving Indian names to state ferries. Ben

Ferry Out of Service Indefinitely

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2012/11/09_WallaWallaFerry.htm The Ferry Walla Walla is out of service indefinitely following damage to a motor while in port. This will impact the entire system as routes are shifted around. Ben

Ferry Cancelations Due to Bare-Bones Workforce?

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Ferries-bare-bones-workforce-leading-to-additional-cancellations-171074511.html System reliability may be suffering due to running the ferries with bare-bones crews. If a member is sick the Coast Guard won’t let the ferry sail. Maybe its time to crew up the ferries again? Ben