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A Ride with the Ferry Captain—The Highs and Lows of Running the Big Boat

Washington State Ferries (WSF) graciously allowed Inside Bainbridge to ride along with Captain Russell Fee last weekend for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to ferry thousands of people each day around Puget Sound. From fog to “jumpers” to shipping traffic to emergency training to car alarms to engine maintenance, we covered a lot…

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Senator Rolfes Weighs in on the County’s Wish List for Highway 305 and the Bridge

After the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council’s West Sound Alliance issued an October 21 update to its transportation proposal to the State Legislature, Islanders have been talking about Highway 305 and its future. The proposal, which is a wish list of sorts for Kitsap-focused transportation funding from the State, requests $15 million within the next six years for…

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Ferry Baby Zoë’s Family Meets Captain & Crew Who Assisted with Birth

A local celebrity was aboard the 9:35 a.m. ferry on Saturday. But unlike most celebrity appearances, this little star slept through the whole thing. Baby Zoë and her parents Christina and Chris Hammond and three-year-old sister Ava gathered to meet Captain Russell Fee and crew members who helped her sail into this world as her mother’s labor progressed…

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Council Paves the Way for 305 Expansion/ Bridge Rebuild

The Bainbridge City Council has not fast-tracked a plan to expand 305 and rebuild the Agate Pass Bridge without the community getting to weigh in on the matter. But the Council has given the go-ahead to a countywide lobbying effort to get the state legislature, among other things, to focus on Bainbridge transportation needs and…

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Bainbridge Ferry Commuters to Get Highway Traffic Cameras

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced plans to install additional traffic cameras to assist commuters and travelers affected by ferry traffic. The new cameras will be placed on Highway 305 at two locations: Winslow Way and High School Road. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has purchased the cameras and plans to install cable…

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Extensive Damage to Tacoma Ferry Puts It out of Service Until Summer

Officials from Washington State Ferries (WSF) have released details about the engine failure that suddenly powered down the Tacoma as it was approaching the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal in the waters of Eagle Harbor on July 29. The Jumbo Mark II ship, the largest type in the fleet, has been out of commission since, with many wondering…

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Seattle-Bainbridge Ferries Running Half an Hour Late

This evening, November 7, the 6:20 ferry from Seattle left 27 minutes later than scheduled because of heavy traffic delays. The delay will also affect the 7:10 sailing from Bainbridge and the 8:10 sailing from Seattle. Thinking about switching to Edmonds? They’ve got a one-hour wait time because of the heavy traffic. And while you’re…

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Baby Delivered on Wednesday’s 5:20 A.M. Ferry from Bainbridge

The 5:20 a.m. ferry on Wednesday, October 22, had one more passenger aboard when it arrived in Seattle than when it left Bainbridge. That’s because, according to Washington State Ferries Director of Communications Marta Coursey, a pregnant woman delivered her baby at 6:01, while the boat was still in motion. The ferry had left Eagle Harbor…

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Islanders Mosey on Down the Sound to Olympics Trail Route

The 60-some people who showed up for the Sound to Olympics Trail (STO) community walk/ride on Sunday saw the sun shining on the STO. Attendees got a warm break from the rain while touring the segment of Highway 305 from Winslow Way to High School Road slated for the trail’s next phase of development. Long-time trail…

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LA Times Calls Ferry Trip to Bainbridge Best Bang for Buck in Seattle Sightseeing

Recent ferry bungles and breakdowns aside, that ride from the world to our little Island is pretty dreamy, especially when there are orcas about, as there were yesterday. We know it, and now Los Angelenos do too. A recent Los Angeles Times article suggested that visitors to Seattle just might get the most fun for their money…

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Ferry Travel Advisory: Wenatchee Replaced & Colman Dock Access Changed

Ferry riders should take note of two changes affecting travel between Bainbridge Island and Seattle. The 202-car Wenatchee will be removed from service temporarily from Sunday October 19 through the end of Tuesday October 21 for its required annual U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection. The 188-car Walla Walla will replace the Wenatchee. Washington State Ferries…

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Two More Ferries Down, Cutting Service at Kingston and Port Townsend

The Spokane ferry has been pulled from the Kingston-Edmonds run for mechanical repairs. According to Washington State Ferries (WSF), the boat will be down at least until this afternoon. Morning sailing continue to be cancelled, including the Kingston 10:25 a.m. and the Edmonds 11:10 a.m. The Salish also is out of service for the day, leaving…

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WSF Tells Us About Ourselves as Ferry Passengers

The Washington State Ferries Origin-Destination Survey was just released this week. The extensive, detailed report was compiled from data collected in 2013 directly from passengers on the ferries. These surveys are conducted every six to seven years as a “way to accurately capture and measure the travel patterns of ferry passengers.” WSF says the surveys…

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Ferry Alert: Sports Fans to Complicate Friday Rush Hour

This afternoon, September 12, you will be treated to more than the regular Friday evening jam-packed commute. That’s because sports fans are expected in droves in downtown Seattle for baseball and fútbol. The Seattle Mariners will be playing the Oakland A’s at Safeco Field, with a 7:10 p.m. start. A few minutes later, the Sounders…

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Washington State Ferries Gets a New Chief

Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced today, September 10, that Lynne Griffith has been appointed to head up its Washington State Ferries (WSF) division as Assistant Secretary. Griffith replaces David Moseley, who resigned last April. Moving from her position as head of Pierce Transit, Griffith officially assumes her leadership role…

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Whistleblower Tells What Really Happened to the Tacoma Ferry and Why It Could Happen Again

A Washington State Ferries (WSF) repairs supervisor has come forward to Inside Bainbridge to set the record straight about why the Tacoma ferry is out of service, with estimates that it will not be fixed until at least December. The Tacoma suddenly lost power during its 12:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island on…

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Walla Walla

Ferry Woes Continue with Oil Spill on Labor Day Kingston Run

As if the Washington State Ferry System weren’t already dealing with enough fleet troubles, early on September 1 the Walla Walla, in Kingston for the Kingston-Edmonds run, leaked about 15 gallons of diesel fuel during a fuel transfer to an emergency generator tank. WSF Director of Communications Marta Coursey said that WSF regularly replaces the fuel…

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Tacoma Ferry out of Service Until at Least December

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced that they now know the cause of the Jumbo Mark 11 Tacoma ferry’s sudden breakdown on July 29, which threw the crucial regional transportation system into chaos for days. The repair contractor, Siemens Marine Solutions, reported that a fuse blew in the vessel’s propulsion control system. WSF said the…

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Ferries Advisory for Tonight’s Seahawks Game

WSF anticipates increased foot traffic on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island ferry route today, August 22, because of a Seahawks preseason game tonight at home at CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m. against da Bears. WSF Advice Pre-purchase walk-on return ferry tickets on-line or at a kiosk. Sign up to receive WSF travel alerts. WSF Operations Plan To help mitigate obvious burdens on the…

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Problem with Tacoma Ferry More Serious Than Initially Thought

Washington State Ferries (WSF) released a brief status report at 2:40 this afternoon, August 8, about the out-of-commission Tacoma, the 202-car Jumbo Mark 11 ferry that services the Seattle/Bainbridge route. WSF said its engineers are working with technicians from Siemens Global, Inc., to identify the reason the Tacoma suddenly lost propulsion power on its 12:20 p.m….

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