Posts Tagged ‘ferry’

New Kingston-to-Seattle Ferry Service

Starting this Monday, there will be another attempt to start a passenger ferry service across Puget Sound from Kingston in Northern Kitsap County directly into Downtown Seattle.  This is a public endeavor by the Port of Kingston.  A similar, popular service was operated by a private company in the past, but did not on it’s […]

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M/V Coho 50th Anniversary

The ferry M/V Coho started working the waters of the Salish Sea in 1959, and since the early 1970’s has been dedicated to the auto ferry run between Port Angeles and Victoria.  Today it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of it’s first run.  Arguably, it is the most important part of the tourism industry in […]

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Poor Solutions for Growth

Currently, the Washington Legislature is working on a long-range plan for Washington State Ferries for the next 25 years.  The state ferry system acts as the primary means for commuters, residents, and commercial traffic to cross Puget Sound from the quarter of the state that comprises the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas to the Greater Seattle […]

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The “Elwha Disaster”

This last Wednesday, the Washington State Ferry M/V Elwha suffered a mechanical problem that caused it to stop in the water soon after leaving the ferry dock at Shaw Island in the San Juan Islands.  While there was a potential for problems, since it was some time before they could get generators running again, the […]

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Light Rail for Seattle Now, Not Later

Today, the board of Sound Transit is meeting to decide whether to put a plan to increase the sales tax to finance light rail and other transit options for the next decade or two.  There are strong opinions both ways, to go ahead and put an aggressive proposal on the ballot or to do nothing […]

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WSF Ferries on eBay

Hey!  Wanna buy a boat? I have discussed Washington State Ferries’ “Steel Electric” class boats on this blog before.  These are the 80-year-old ferries that WSF had to retire quickly when it was found that they would have to shovel too much of our money into them to fix the hulls that were rotting out […]

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More on Border Patrol at Anacortes Terminal

I earlier posted an article about the US Border Patrol stopping passengers coming into Anacortes on domestic ferries to ask them to prove their immigration status before they can continue. I am on record as being strongly opposed to law enforcement systematically stopping large numbers of innocent citizens without reasonable cause to do so. I […]

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It is Everyone’s Fault but My Own

If you haven’t been paying attention to the story of the trials and tribulations of Washington State Ferries, you have missed a true-to-life soap opera with quite a cast of characters. Sunday’s Seattle Times published an article outlining the story of how the city of Port Townsend has fared through a crisis within the ferry […]

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Retirement Used for WSF’s Steel-Electric Ferries

As highlighted in a news article today, the window for a possible return of Washington State Ferries’ 80-year-old Steel-Electric class vessels has come to a close. A Certificate of Inspection, in effect the US Coast Guard’s permission for a passenger vessel to operate, has expired. The washington Legislature has mandated the sale of these ferries […]

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Highway Roadblocks in Anacortes

On April 3, I found an article in the Skagit Valley Herald that seems to be much more than a small local event. A situation that looks, at first glance, like a simple ferry security issue, but is actually the beginning of a situation that many would consider unconscionable. A summary of the article is […]

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