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Bainbridge-Seattle Service to Be Reduced While Wenatchee Receives Needed Repairs

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced that the 202-car Wenatchee ferry will be out of service for approximately one week starting July 30 while repairs are made to the vessel’s propulsion system. Replacement of the boat’s stern tube was originally scheduled to begin July 22; however, the repair work has been delayed due to a lack…

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Letter to the Editor: The Director of the Bloedel Reserve Invites You to Visit Sans Car

For twenty-five years, the Bloedel Reserve has tried to solve the one question that riddles every business on Bainbridge Island outside of Winslow: How can we get walk-on visitors from the ferry out to the Reserve? We’ve dreamed of purchasing shuttle buses and considered making arrangements with RideShare companies, but nothing panned out. So imagine…

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Wenatchee Ferry Delayed After Crew Performs Emergency Water Rescue

According to Seattle Coast Guard District 13 Officer David Moseley, the Wenatchee Ferry stopped its run today, June 23, between Bainbridge and Seattle to rescue a man overboard after a distress call came in at 10:56 a.m. The man had fallen from his own 39-foot boat and was hanging on to its side as it…

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Ferries Take Third in USA Today Best Boat Ride Contest

The USA Today Best Boat Ride contest that pitted Puget Sound against Pearl Harbor, the Chicago River, the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, and Alaska’s Inside Passage (among other waterways) has given the top two honors to liquid New York: The Thousand Islands and Niagara Falls. But Puget Sound and its ferry rides took…

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Smile, You’re on Candid Camera: Not Just Another Traffic Study

What’s the story with all the cameras popping up around the Island? Technically your car is what the cameras are looking at, and you don’t actually have to smile or worry about that glob of mayonnaise on your chin from the hasty bite of sandwich you took while stopped at an intersection. The cameras being…

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Vote for the Boat: USA Today Nominates Our Ferries for Best U.S. Boat Ride

Jaded commuters aside, many of us still get a little thrill riding the big boats around the Sound. If you’ve been there done that, just look to your visiting family and friends for some perspective. Here’s your chance to vote for our boats in the USA Today Best U.S. Boat Ride 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards….

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Jump a B.I. RIDE and Tootle Around the Island to Your Heart’s Content

Starting June 9, Bainbridge residents and visitors will have a new option for getting around the Island during weekday noncommuter times and Saturdays. With B.I. RIDE, Kitsap Transit offers inexpensive and flexible options for riders to buzz around Bainbridge Island car free: 1. Hop the bus at a scheduled stop, and tell the driver where…

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Policy Change for Wave2Go Ferry Riders

The Washington State Ferries (WSF) is changing its Wave2Go ticket processing policy. Beginning June 15, 2014, WSF will require Wave2Go customers to present a Wave2Go ticket or a copy of a ticket for admittance on the ferries. WSF will no longer accept or key in a ticket number without the physical ticket or a copy…

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Memorial Day Madness: Avoid the Worst Traffic Times

Memorial Day is widely ranked among the top five busiest travel days of the year in the United States. According to the traffic analysis website INRIX, Seattle drivers have experienced a 19 percent increase in travel time in 2014 from last year. Washington State Ferries (WSF) experienced a record number of travelers in 2013, with conditions ripe for…

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Avoid Long Waits: Online Tool Shows Busiest & Lightest Travel Times for Ferries

With Memorial Day weekend coming up and the high summer sailing season rolling in, locals (and savvy visitors) are always looking for ways to avoid the worst waits. If this high season picks up where the last one disembarked, we are in for more record-breaking numbers of riders on the boats. Washington State Ferries (WSF)…

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Colman Dock

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Let WSF Miss the Boat at the Colman Dock Remodel Meeting

As the Seattle ferry terminal at Colman dock redesign process moves forward, with plans for a complete rebuild over the next 3-5 years, the proposed design is currently under review at the 30% design stage. The design proposed by Washington State Ferries (WSF) remains very car-oriented and does not reflect the growing importance of bikes…

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bainbridge seattle ferry by Julie Hall

Ferry News: New Spring Service, Fare Increases, and Peak-Season Surcharges

Yee-haw! Washington State Ferries (WSF) is rolling out some changes—a new spring schedule, fare hikes, and the big fat peak-season cost jump. New Spring Schedule On April 6, WSF launches its spring schedule, with added sailings on some runs (not Bainbridge-Seattle): A Sidney, B.C./Anacortes route will be offered, one round-trip per day. Weekend inter-island service…

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Walla Walla

WSF Deputy Chief of Operations Says Hull Puncture ‘Not Easy to Do’

Deputy Chief of Operations and Construction for the Washington State Ferries George Capacci said that Saturday’s (March 15) accidental puncturing of the hull of the ferry Walla Walla in Eagle Harbor was “not easy to do.” He described it as piercing a steel plate frame in one of the bilges. Crews made two holes as part…

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Walla Walla Hull Is Punctured in Eagle Harbor During Cleaning, Vessel Pulled out of Service Again

At the Washington State Ferries Maintenance Facility in Eagle Harbor this Saturday, March 15, cleaning crews mistakenly punctured the hull of the ferry MV Walla Walla. Although they were able to make temporary repairs and stop the leak immediately, the ship is being pulled out of service until permanent repairs can be made. Last March the…

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Seawall Construction Detour Now in Effect for Vehicles Using the Seattle Ferry Terminal

Ferry commuters entering and exiting Seattle’s Colman Dock by vehicle are being rerouted because of the ongoing seawall work at the water front. The Seawall Project launched in November of 2013 and is expected to take three years, with changing traffic impacts. Vehicles heading to the terminal are now required to access the toll plaza from the north….

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Two-Boat Ferry Service Restored for Next Sailing

The Washington State Ferry (WSF) system announced at 8:48 p.m., February 9, that two-boat fully ferry service has been restored to the Seattle/Bainbridge Island run, its busiest in the fleet. Repairs to the Wenatchee boat have been completed. Full service will return starting with the 9:45 p.m. boat from Seattle to Bainbridge. Related Stories Seattle-Bainbridge…

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Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry Service Down to One Boat Causing Cancellations and Waits

Mechanical problems on the Wenatchee ferry have reduced the Bainbridge Island/Seattle service to one boat this evening, February 9, causing a series of cancellations and long waits, with no end in sight at present. Cancelled Ferry Runs So Far Seattle to Bainbridge 4:40 p.m. Bainbridge to Seattle 5:30 p.m. Seattle to Bainbridge 6:20 p.m. Bainbridge to…

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Seahawks frenzy in terminal

‘Hawks Parade Goers Blast All-Time Ferry Ridership Record

Considering the snail’s-pace slowdowns on Highway 305, the massive parking overflow and rampant parking violations around the Bainbridge and Bremerton ferry terminals, the surging streams of people through the terminals, and the long walk-on waits for boats, it should come as little surprise that Seattle’s Colman Dock had an unprecedented number of passengers pouring through…

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Returning Seahawks Fans Advised to Purchase Walk-on Ferry Tickets in Advance

Those of you lucky enough to have gotten on Bainbridge or Bremerton ferries to Seattle this morning for the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade should purchase your return tickets in advance to avoid long waits. As of 10:15 a.m. waits for walk-on passengers heading to Seattle were still one or two boats behind at both…

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Emergency Prompts Early Departure of Bainbridge Ferry and Rush to Colman Dock

Ferry commuter and Bainbridge Islander Kevin Hawkins had just exited the 95 bus and was walking into the Bainbridge terminal this morning, January 31, to catch the 5:20 a.m. boat to Seattle when the following announcement came over the intercom: “We have a Category 1 emergency and that means we have to leave NOW, so…

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