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Archive for the 'Ferries' Category


Name The New Ferry After Ivar Haglund?

From KOMO-TV: http://tacoma.komonews.com/news/people/783639-mv-ivar-haglund-bartell-drugs-starts-petition-name-new-ferry-after-local-legend Local drugstore chain Bartells has started a petition to name one of the state’s new ferries after Ivar Haglund. I think that would be totally cool and make perfect sense. Vote here: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/news/2012/2012_0801_WSTC_Naming144carferries.htm Ben

Former Foot Ferry Capsizes in Tanzania

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Death-toll-rises-after-former-Wash-state-ferry-capsizes-in-Tanzania-163030306.html A former Washington State foot ferry used on the Seattle to Bremerton run has capsized in Tanzania. Ben

Steilacoom Ferry Terminal Reopens

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/05/29/2161838/steilacoom-ferry-terminal-open.html The Steilacoom Ferry Terminal reopens after a remodel. I will have to go down and check it out. Ben

Kingston Foot Ferry Costs $35k Per Rider

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018048761_ferry23m.html The Kingston-Seattle foot ferry has attracted so few riders that it costs as much as $35k per rider to operate. There is some argument that mismanagement has limited ridership. This is unfortunate. We need more transportation options, not less. However, the options provided must be sustainable and efficient. Ben

Ferries to Get Lighter

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/12/22/1954734/new-rules-seek-to-lighten-ferry.html Due to the growing weight of people in America, capacity has been limited by about 250 passengers depending on the boat. While it is good that we are looking out for safety, it is sad that we had to raise the average weight from 160 to 185 pounds. Ben

Kalakala Sold for $1

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Owner-Kalakala-ferry-sold-for-1-saved-from-scrap-yard-135857043.html The Kalakala was sold to an anonymous bidder who says they will refurbish it and make it able to sail again. Hopefully it will then be home ported in the Seattle area, but it could also go to California. This is good news, if it works out. The ferry is a historic […]

Kalakala For Sale For $1

From the Three Sheets Northwest Blog: http://threesheetsnw.com/blog/2011/12/kalakala-for-sale-for-1-or-best-offer/ The historic ferry Kalakala, in dire need of restoration, is now for sale for $1 or best offer. The hope is someone will purchase it and restore it. It is currently docked on the Tacoma Tideflats. Unfortunately this historic ferry may have met its end. In poor condition […]

Ferry Site Provides ETA For Boats

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/12/ETA_120611.htm The Washington State Ferry System’s VesselWatch Website now provides an ETA for the boats. This lets you know if your boat is on time or not. Ben

Ferries Have Near-Perfect On-Time Performance Record

From The Kitsap Sun: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/nov/14/washington-state-ferries-director-touts-on-time/ Washington State Ferries director David Moseley says the ferry system has a 99.2 percent on-time record. With all the problems the ferry system has faced in recent years, this is great news. The ferries provide essential service across Puget Sound and should be preserved at all costs. Ben  

Construction Beginning on New 144 Car Ferry

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/11/144_110111.htm The first new 144 car ferry is about to begin construction in Washington. It will be used to replace an older boat. Designs are ready for an additional two other boats, but there is no funding. The ferries are a critical part of Puget Sound’s transportation infrastructure. It is good to see […]