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More Ferry Terminal Upgrades to Start This Week

The inside of the Bainbridge ferry terminal got a makeover in 2014. More than $4.5 million were spent on seismic upgrades to the 1955 building, bathroom enlargements, and other cosmetic fixes. Washington State Ferries reports that now a contractor will be working on external passenger and vehicle loading infrastructure maintenance. Starting next week, March 30-April 3, the contractor…

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Tacoma Ferry Back in Service

After about 8 months of being sidelined, the Washington State Ferries’ Tacoma is finally back in service as of today, March 28, on the Seattle-Bainbridge route. The ferry was pulled from service in July of 2014 after suddenly losing power on its way to Bainbridge. After a lengthy investigation, WSF employees determined that the Jumbo Mark II…

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Ferry Spring Schedule Changes and Peak-Season Fare Increases

The Washington State Ferries (WSF) spring sailing schedule begins on Sunday, March 22. Peak-season fare increases go into effect May 1. During peak-season, WSF recommends that travelers arrive earlier, plan for busier sailings, and make a reservation for travel on the San Juan Islands routes, Anacortes/Sidney B.C. route, and Port Townsend/Coupeville route. Spring Schedule Changes The Anacortes/Sidney B.C. route opens,…

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Travel Alert: Emergencies and High Usage Delay Ferries

Currently both directions of the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry route are delayed by approximately 40 minutes. Washington State Ferries (WSF) spokesperson Susan Harris sited two medical emergencies in combination with heavy usage as the causal factors of the slowdowns. The 6:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island was slowed by at least 25 minutes because of…

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Travel Alert: Wenatchee Ferry Delayed Due to Medical Emergency

The 6:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island was delayed an estimated 30 minutes due to a medical emergency on board the Wenatchee ferry. That’s all for now, folks. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. Photo courtesy of  Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier.

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Tacoma Ferry Set to Sail Again

After seven months out of service, crews are preparing to sail the Jumbo Mark II Class ferry Tacoma again, which normally serves the Bainbridge/Seattle route. Repairs to the electrical system have been completed, and Washington State Ferries (WSF) is getting ready to test the vessel starting tomorrow, March 5. This morning tugboats towed the Tacoma from WSF’s…

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State Transport- ation Package Passes Senate: What It Means for 305

With a vote Friday (February 27) in the State Senate, the $15 billion State Transportation bill, including $33 million earmarked for Highway 305 improvements, took another big step toward passage. Now the bill will go to the House. If it’s voted into law, what will the bill mean for Highway 305 and Bainbridge Island? No one seems to know. Coucilmembers…

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Full Ferry Service Restored on Kingston/ Edmonds Route

Bainbridge Island commuters stressed about a hairy return home this afternoon can breathe easy. The Tokitae will resume normal service on the Edmonds/Kingston run starting with the 1:30 p.m. sailing out of Kingston. This puts two-boat service back in business on the route and unburdens the Seattle/Bainbridge route, which has been handling overflow since ferry service started…

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Traffic Diverted to Bainbridge/ Seattle from Kingston/Edmonds Ferry Routes

[Updated at 9:55 a.m. March 4, 2015.] Washington State Ferries (WSF) is recommending that travelers use Bainbridge/Seattle sailings to avoid long waits on the Kingston/Edmonds route, which is down to one boat due to needed repairs on the Tokitae.  Cancellations departing Kingston: 5:35 a.m., 7:05 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 10:25 a.m. Cancellations departing Edmonds: 6:20 a.m.,…

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Law Enforcement Action on Ferry Causes Delays

This afternoon, February 27, ferry traffic waiting on Bainbridge to board the Puyallup for the 2:05 sailing was delayed about 20 minutes when an automated license plate reader at the ferry lot detected a stolen plate or vehicle as the vehicle passed. Because of the delay, the 5:30 p.m. out of Bainbridge was also delayed. The Washington…

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Bridge Work to Wrap up Early

Cleaning and repair work on Agate Pass Bridge will be completed by 3 p.m. Friday, February 27, a day earlier than expected. The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reported this afternoon that the unseasonably warm and dry weather for much of the last three weeks enabled crews to finish early and perform maintenance that can only be…

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Photos of the Day: A Bridge Too Far

This afternoon, single-lane traffic waiting to cross the Agate Pass Bridge backed up past Hidden Cove Road to the southeast and the Masi Shop/Shell station to the northwest. In general, vehicles had to wait for two rounds of 10 to 15 minutes before their turn to cross. The delays are caused by the cleaning work on the…

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Photos of the Day: Holy Torpedo!

Photographer Robert Dashiell captured these images of the USS Bremerton (SSN-698) submarine passing Bainbridge Island through Sinclair Inlet this morning, February 25. Commissioned in 1978, the 360-foot-long Bremerton is the oldest United States sub currently in active service. It is armed with four 21-inch torpedo tubes aft of its bow that can launch MK-48 Torpedoes and Harpoon and Tomahawk ASM/LAM…

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Washington State Ferries Says Reserve Early for San Juans Travel

Planning a trip to the San Juan Islands this spring or summer? Washington State Ferries (WSF) is recommending a reservation, and the sooner the better. WSF reports that its new reservation system, launched in January, for travel in the San Juans is already seeing tremendous use and saving travelers disappointment and long wait times. Between…

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Seattle Seawall Work Brings More Changes for Ferry Commuters

The ongoing Seattle Seawall Project is bringing further significant changes for ferry commuters who use Colman Dock. Starting Wednesday, February 25, the following changes take effect, continuing through next fall: The Marion Street exit will close and a temporary exit between Marion and Madison Streets (closer to the fire station) will open. Vehicle traffic exiting at this location…

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Puyallup Pulled from Service Sunday Night, Leaving Ferry Travelers in a Jam

Yesterday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. the Washington State Ferries (WSF) removed the Puyallup from service, resulting in seven cancelled sailings on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route. The cancellations happened between 5:30 and 11:40 p.m. Many ferry commuters switched over to the Bremerton ferry. This came after a morning of runs with limited car-space because of the…

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Senate Committee Approves $33M for ‘Safety Improvements’ to Highway 305

On Wednesday, the State Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation including eleven bills that would fund $15 billion worth of transportation projects throughout the state. Among the proposed funding is $33 million for “SR 305 Construction – Safety Improvements.” The funding is not certain yet—the package must be moved to the Senate floor via action of the Rules…

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Photos of the Day: Behemoths off the Sandspit

This is the view from the Sandspit on northeast Bainbridge Island of the container ships currently parked offshore. Thank you to Diane Walker for these striking photos that give a perspective of just how massive these ships are. The one closest to shore, the Herma P, is 885 feet long and 102 feet wide. Its…

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Shipping News: Bainbridge’s Marine ‘Parking Lot’

[Read our followup to this article, with more details and photos: Photos of the Day: Behemoths off the Sandspit] Back in December we reported on four container ships and one cargo ship “parked” in the waters off of southern Bainbridge Island, a federally designated anchorage zone for overflow ships headed for the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Recently,…

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City Considers Changing Electric Charging Station and Its Parking Rules

At last night’s (February 17) City Council meeting, Public Works Director Barry Loveless asked the Council to approve a capital improvements purchase of a new electric vehicle charging system for Winslow Way in front of Blackbird Bakery. The old system, explained Loveless, hasn’t been working for months. That’s because the company that installed it, Blink,…

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