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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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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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Islanders Blow the Whistle on Devastating Environmental Hazard of Coal & Oil Train

Will Washington become host to the largest coal and oil port in the country? Not if 16 Bainbridge Islanders and their fellow members have anything to do with it. The gang of 16 traveled to Seattle to meet up with 100 other protesters this past Sunday, January 26, to call attention to the proposed…

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Bainbridge Ferry Terminal Renovation Begins Monday with Detours Ahead

Starting this week, January 27, “rehabilitation” of the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal begins. The 1955 building is not undergoing a thorough remodel; rather, Washington State Ferries (WSF) is bringing the building up to current seismic and energy-efficiency standards. Major changes will include seismic upgrades, ADA-compliant bathrooms, more usable space, a new roof, new doors and windows,…

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lake washington bridge by Derrick Coetzee

Latest Report of a Bridge Between Bainbridge and West Seattle a Hoax

The article today, January 15, by prankster online “news” source The Kitsap Report about bridge construction between Bainbridge’s south end and West Seattle may be getting a bit of play among readers, but it’s not likely to fool very many. But as implausible as they may seem, cross-Sound bridges are not a new notion. Back in the…

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Seahawks Fans: Avoid the Hot-Beer-Breath Wait by PrePurchasing Walk-on Ferry Tickets

For Seahawks fans from this side of the water, ferry waits for Saturday’s playoff game against the New Orleans Saints seem almost welcome in the glow of our home team’s stellar season and the chance to see them advance ever closer to the Superbowl. But it turns out a ferry wait is not enhanced by hot beer…

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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Bonkowski Responds to Request for Public Input on Ferry Terminal Upgrade

Dana, Thank you for your letter concerning the upgrades to the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal. I agree that the Ferry Terminal is an integral part of our community and of extreme importance to the well being of our island. I have discussed our concern with David Moseley and he has agreed to set up a community…

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Letter to the Editor: Dear Mayor, Please Give Citizens a Say in the Ferry Terminal Upgrade

Dear Mayor Bonkowski, I am involved as a citizen advocate for pedestrian issues as the Seattle Terminal gets re-designed, and WSF has been very open to our ideas. I have just heard that there is a $4 million job going on at our Winslow Terminal and that there has been no public outreach. I feel…

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Bainbridge Ferry Terminal ‘Rehab’ Starts in January

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division has scheduled work on the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal to begin in January of 2014. The $4,705,000 project is primarily a retrofit for the 1955 building’s earthquake safety, which no longer meets seismic building codes. Work also will be done to upgrade the building’s out-dated energy-efficiency…

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departing ferry by Kathy Haskin

New Online Ferry Tool Helps You Avoid Being the First Car on That Next Boat

It doesn’t take long to learn that ferry mojo ebbs and flows, despite our best-laid plans. Haven’t we all been the last car not to make it on? The view 50 minutes later is lovely, but most of us would sooner take that last place on the earlier boat. Now you can calculate your chances…

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Lego man solution

Letter to the Editor: An Elegantly Simple Traffic Solution for Hwy 305?

There was a recent Inside Bainbridge article dealing with evening rush-hour ferry traffic problems. The proposed solution by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) was more construction that would probably never occur due to budgetary constraints. There may be a solution to this problem that is much less expensive and relatively simple to implement.  Simply stated,…

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An Unsettling Analysis of the Traffic Future of Highway 305

Just about anyone who has been living on Bainbridge Island or commuting through it in recent years has likely noticed increased traffic backups and delays. Fact is, our two-lane corridor to the rest of Kitsap and the Olympic Peninsula is seeing a lot of action and is in store for much more. Slowdowns on Highway 305…

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Ferry Commuters Affected by 3-Year Seattle Seawall Project Starting Monday 11/18

Construction of the Seattle Seawall Project starts tomorrow, November 18, along the Seattle waterfront. According to Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division Assistant Secretary David Moseley, the construction will affect access to and from the Colman Dock/Seattle Ferry Terminal, although precisely what that will entail is a work in progress. One thing is certain: Alaskan Way will be…

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