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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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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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Ferries Assesses Its Communications After Wrongly Turning Away Thousands of Passengers Tuesday

Anyone riding Washington State Ferries (WSF) on the Seattle/Bainbridge, Seattle/Bremerton, and/or Edmonds/Kingston runs just after noon Tuesday, July 29, knows how chaotic things were after the Bainbridge-bound Tacoma lost power and required tug assistance. With the Wenatchee under repair, the failure of the Tacoma left Seattle/Bainbridge passengers with one-boat service from the Walla Walla until the…

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Walla Walla

Ferry Service Back to Near Normal Levels, but No Answers Yet About the Tacoma

With the return of the Jumbo Mark 11 Wenatchee ferry following repairs to its stern tube seal, which was leaking water into the vessel, the Washington State Ferries (WSF) system is providing service again, as of today, August 1, at close to normal capacity. The Wenatchee began servicing the Edmonds/Kingston route this morning on the 7:55 run,…

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Yet Another Boat Down—Seriously—Adds to Ferry Woes

The Tokitae ferry, which serves the Mukilteo/Clinton route, was pulled from service today, July 30, for “necessary repairs.” Without a specific explanation, Washington State Ferries (WSF) canceled the 2 p.m. departure from Clinton and the 2:30 p.m. departure from Mukilteo, saying it will provide updates when available. The brand new Tokitae had only been running in…

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Tacoma Still Down, but Two-Boat Service Resumes Wednesday for Seattle-Bainbridge

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced that the Seattle/Bainbridge route will return to a two-boat schedule when the Puyallup ferry moves into position with the 5:20 a.m. sailing from Bainbridge Island tomorrow, Wednesday, July 30. WSF said it will provide updates on the service crisis throughout the day tomorrow. It has not provided a status report regarding why…

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WSF Has a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

[Read the update to this story.] Whether you’re a vessel-half-empty or a vessel-half-full kind of person, it’s difficult to deny that Washington State Ferries (WSF) is having a pretty bad day. Striking at the heart of its highest annual ridership during a year that is shaping up to be its busiest ever, WSF’s two largest…

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Ferry Service Resumes with One Boat but WSF Warns There’s Limited Capacity

After the sudden propulsion failure of the ferry Tacoma on its way from Seattle to Bainbridge today, July 29, the Washington State Ferries held the smaller-sized Walla Walla at Colman Dock in Seattle until the Tacoma could be towed to and secured at slip 2 in Eagle Harbor. But the 2:05 Walla Walla sailing finally…

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Stranded Tacoma Being Hauled to Bainbridge Terminal; One-Boat Service to Resume

The 202-vehicle-capacity Tacoma ferry that lost power in Eagle Harbor near Rockaway Beach is now being transported by two tug boats to the Bainbridge Island terminal, where it will unload its passengers and vehicles. Washington State Ferries (WSF) has announced it will run a single ferry, the 188-car-capacity Walla Walla, to service both directions of the Seattle-Bainbridge…

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Both Directions of Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry Service Suspended

[Read the update to this breaking story.] The Tacoma 12:20 p.m. ferry heading from Seattle to Bainbridge Island lost power at approximately 12:45 near Rockaway Beach before arriving at its destination. The boat dropped anchor and waited for assistance. Foss Tugboat Company dispatched a rescue tug to transport the Tacoma to the Bainbridge terminal to unload its passengers. The…

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Seattle/ Bainbridge Ferry Service Gets Priority but Possible Bremerton Overflow with Wenatchee Down

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is removing its 202-car Wenatchee ferry, which serves the Seattle/Bainbridge route, for approximately one week starting Tuesday, July 29, for necessary repairs to the vessel’s stern tube seals. As WSF’s most-populous run, Seattle/Bainbridge will receive highest priority for a replacement vessel during the absence of the Wenatchee. Bremerton’s 188-car Walla Walla ferry will…

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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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