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Ferry Travel Alerts Starting Tomorrow and Sailing Through Weekend

The Washington State Ferries are warning people to expect heavy traffic tomorrow, September 3, when the Seahawks take on the Oakland Raiders in yet another preseason home game. The game starts at 7 p.m. and WSF is predicting long lines eastbound in the afternoon and westbound in the evening. To help ameliorate the situation, WSF…

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Ferry Photo Contest: Enter Your Best Shot Now

The Washington State Ferries is challenging you to share your best ferry photos on Twitter. The winning photo could win you—not a free ferry pass for life—a free, behind-the-scenes tour of a ferry. There are rules—quite a few, in fact. WSDOT (and WSF) employees and contractors are ineligible. The photos must “include a state ferry whether…

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Seahawks Preseason Starts and WSF Adds a Ferry

If you have to ride the ferry this weekend, grit your teeth now. Friday is the Seahawks’ first preseason game. They’ll meet the Denver Broncos at home at 7 p.m. Seattle is also hosting Hempfest on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s a Sounders’ game too, on…

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Ferry Fares Apparently Not High Enough: Get Ready for the Bump

Tuesday, the Washington State Transportation Commission voted unanimously for two-stage ferry fare increases after its final hearing on the fare proposal. The increase will address the 2015/17 state transportation budget for Washington State Ferries’ operations, which requires WSF to generate $357 million between July 1 of this year and June 30 of 2017. The commission approved the following increases: A 2.5-percent fare increase for vehicles and…

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Walla Walla

Reduced Ferry Capacity Next Week While ‘Puyallup’ Gets Repaired

The Washington State Ferries announced this afternoon, July 15, that for three days next week, July 20-22, the Puyallup will be pulled from service for emergency vessel maintenance. This maintenance consists of inspection of  the engine that broke down on June 20. The Walla Walla, which carries 14 fewer vehicles, will serve in its stead. WSF warns…

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Poll: Should Hildebrand and Ericksen Be Connected for Thru Traffic?

With the new police and court facility planned on Madison Avenue adjacent to City Hall, the key north-south Winslow artery will experience even more traffic and slowdowns. Indeed, many wonder how police vehicles will safely maneuver through downtown. With Madison further burdened, some are returning to an old question: Should Ericksen Avenue be connected to Hildebrand Lane for…

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Issaquah Ferry to Help on Seattle-Bainbridge Run

Susan Harris, spokesperson for Washington State Ferries, says the 3:50 Tacoma ferry out of Bainbridge today, May 8, lost propulsion at about 4:20 p.m. That is all the information WSF currently has about the reason the ferry went adrift today. Harris said the Tacoma was towed into Colman Dock and passengers were offloaded. Currently the…

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Bainbridge Ferry Adrift in Sound

The Tacoma has broken down and is waiting for repair. The 4:40 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. sailing from Seattle and the 5:30 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. sailing from Bainbridge Island have been cancelled.  Stay tuned.   

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Letter from the Editor: Dude, Share the Road

As our Island population increases, as the number of commuters passing through Highway 305 between Seattle and the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas increases, and as many of us look for sustainable commuting alternatives, we need to remind ourselves that we share the road. We are not Seattle, or Chicago, or Los Angeles, or Bellevue. We…

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Update on Search for a Person Overboard the Puyallup

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sarah Mooers said that the Coast Guard continued searching until past midnight last night, April 26, for a possible person overboard from the 9 p.m. Puyallup ferry out of Seattle. After a USCG crew switch, she said, the search resumed with first light, still consisting of a helicopter out of Port Angeles…

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Chief Hamner Talks About Tonight’s Ferry Incident

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner told IB about the BIPD’s response to tonight’s incident at the Bainbridge ferry terminal in which a woman was believed to have made a bomb threat against a ferry worker. He said that one or more people called 911 after they believed they overheard someone making a bomb threat. Bainbridge…

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Incident at Ferry Terminal Is a Bomb Threat

At about 7 p.m. this evening, April 16th, a person made a threat against a ferry worker at the Bainbridge terminal. The person made reference to a bomb. Bainbridge Police responded to the scene. Washington State Patrol officers then arrived on scene as well. The suspect was detained for questioning. The suspect is known to law…

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Ferries Suspended for Law Enforcement Activity at Bainbridge Terminal

Law enforcement activity at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal has delayed ferry service between Bainbridge and Seattle. The 6:20 p.m. Puyallup departed Seattle at 6:38 this evening and is currently sitting in the waters at the front of Eagle Harbor. Washington State Ferries (WSF) estimates that it will land at 7:45 p.m., which at this time looks…

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Coast Guard Slaps Ferry Jumper with $5,000 Civil Penalty

On Friday, April 3, the Captain of the Port, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, issued a $5,000 civil penalty to the adult male passenger who jumped off the Ferry Kaleetan on March 21. The man jumped before the vessel left from the Bremerton ferry terminal. The man sustained “significant injuries.” Ferry crewmembers on a rescue boat…

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Mariners Season Opens Tonight: Expect Ugly Commute

Whoever schedules Mariners games may be a very wise person. However, that wisdom seems to have overlooked the needs of westbound ferry commuters. Tonight’s (April 6) at-home Mariners 1:10 p.m. opener against the Angels will likely end to coincide with the evening commute. This particular evening commute also represents for many the return to work after a…

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Medic Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing at Bainbridge Ferry Terminal

Emergency response helicopter Airlift 2 made an improvised landing at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal parking lot just before 8 a.m. today. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) had called for an airlift transport of a patient with a life-threatening medical condition. As Airlift 2, from Seattle, prepared to land, the pilot discovered that the BIFD…

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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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