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Archive for the 'Ferries' Category


WSDOT Testing the Kennewick in Puget Sound

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/10/05_KennewickBuildersTrials.htm  The state’s newest ferry, the Kennewick, will undergo sea trials in Puget Sound the next few weeks. Good to see another ship come down the ways. The ferries are a critical part of the transportation infrastructure in the Puget Sound area, and some ships have needed to be replaced for years. Ben

Get Your 60th Anniversary Washington Ferries Gear

www.ferrygear.com Get Washington State Ferries-branded merchandise in honor of their 60th anniversary here. Ben

Share Your Ferry Experiences

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/09/Tales_092311.htm  With the 60th anniversary of the Washington State Ferries coming up, WSDOT is looking for user stories and photos. Visit the article for links and contact information. Ben

Fall Fares and Schedules Coming to Ferries

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/09/Fall_091411.htm It’s that time of year again when the ferries go to the Fall rates and schedules. This year also includes some fare increases as well. Ben

The Day The Music Died

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/129261028.html Before September 11, the ferry boats on Puget Sound used to have musicians on board. However, post September 11th rules requiring everyone to disembark at the end of the ride has ended this experience. I know security is important and all but it seems like there should be a way to bring […]

Ferry Commission Proposes Fare Changes

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/07/TransCommission_071511.htm  The Washington State Ferry Commission proposes changes to fares. These include an increase, surcharges and a reclassification of vehicle groups. While it is never good to see costs going up, this will hopefully go far to increase revenue and keep the system running. Ben

Ferry Salish Added to Fleet

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/05/12_SalishDelivery.htm The state’s newest ferry, the Salish, has passed inspection and will be added to the Port Townsend/Coupeville run. These ferries were required after the former Steel Electric class boats had to be pulled from service. Ben

Patch for Ferry Budget Shortfall

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/28/1602426/patch-planned-for-ferry-funds.html An infusion of gas tax and other funds will be used to make up budget shortfalls in the state ferry system, until new sources of funding and cost savings can be found. I know it is quite popular right now to bash the ferry system, especially due to many errors […]

Ferries May Get Budget Reprieve

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/118382624.html A bill proposed by the Washington State House would implement a smaller budget cut and rate hike to the state ferry system. While it is currently popular to bash the ferries, especially in light of recent problems found with the system, this should be subsidized to some level…as is every other type […]

Can Washington Afford Its Roads and Ferries?

From The Seattle P-I: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/437011_transpo14.html Interesting article discussing the funding issues affecting the Washington Department of Transportation. Ben