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Do the Port of Kingston’s Christmas lights have you thinking, “That must…
Let’s go over the pros and cons. Pros: cost and convenience, downtown…
For me, a Kingston foot ferry would be like winning the lottery after buying tickets for a decade and half.
Last month, Edmonds updated the progress of its Waterfront Access Study. This is about finding a solution to the five-way cluster of cars, trains and pedestrians at the ferry landing.
Boaters must be dead slow when within 500 yards of a ferry and get no closer than 100 yards. If you find yourself inside 100 yards, like if the outboard fell off, call the ferry or the Coast Guard on channel 13 of 16 for instructions.
This winter, the Legislature added $6 million for general ferry maintenance and $3 million for emergency repairs. This is an appreciated, albeit overdue, step on the comeback trail for a healthy fleet.
They should be in a PEMCO Northwest profile ad ... Those determined riders who and burn off stress and calories by walking laps while riding the ferry. One lap on the Spokane measures 663 feet. Ten laps per trip, and adding the walk up and down the ramps figures out at 1.6 to 1.7 miles. With over three miles per roundtrip, Kingston’s ferrywalkers leave Green Lake’s “Powerwalkers” eating their dust.
Asphalt in the ferry holding lot has been replaced with pervious concrete, which is like regular concrete without the sand. Now rain water, reindeer discharge, and vehicle drippings will go straight through the pavement into the 10 feet of beach sand below, where it will be a meal for bacteria that just love petroleum products. Currently, this stuff washes directly into the cove.
Washington Sate Ferries has a 5 percent biodiesel target, but only if it’s not too pricey.
Exhibiting a passion for getting useful information out, Washington State Ferries’ Director Lynne Griffiths revamped WSF’s alert system to give us information that can actually help in planning our travel. Here are those new alert categories and the information being included.
Kingston routinely had an extra boat for summer and holiday overloads. The boat not only reduced the wait, but also made a profit as it ran mostly full. For example, at 30-40 percent full, the 90-car Sealth covers its operating costs.
Our ferries are the best boats to fall off of. They stop quickly and once stopped, the rescue boat can have you back aboard in under ten minutes.
The Kingston Community News cartoon for February 2015 is by Walt Elliott.
Half of ferry riders say fares should stay the same, one-third say fares should go down and a baffling one in five want fares to go up.
Budgets give us a glimpse into where WSF’s headed … that is if the Legislature agrees. Here’s an overview.
Reservations will start in the San Juans next summer, excluding Lopez Island. If that works out reservations for Puget Sound commercial vehicles will start in 2016-17.
To check out how a boater can avoid getting hit by ferries and other big ships, I was graciously given a morning ride on the Spokane by Capt. Tullis’ E watch
Whenever I’m at a loss for a ferry cartoon something happens, like drilling a hole in Walla Walla’s bottom to drain the bilge water.
This month, David Moseley will be leaving Washington State Ferries. I’ve seen three directors in 12 years, so David’s six years is a long run in this frying pan of a job.
Here in Kingston, plans for LNG-powered ferries march on with a safety study — for good reason.
The state transportation funding cauldron continues to bubble.
Commissioner Rob Gelder has doggedly pursued Kingston’s ferry traffic issues with WSF in a series of meetings, which started last spring. Here’s some of his progress, and there’s more to come in 2014
Kingston’s public ferry meeting has been pushed back to June 10, 6:30 p.m. in the Kingston Community Center; same great cookies and conversation.
Recently, at the Edmonds terminal we saw a young gray whale hopping and flopping, and also a trainload of three 737 fuselages rolling by … Pacific Northwest cool!
Kick off your holiday season with cookies and enlightening conversation at Kingston’s public ferry meeting Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Kingston Community Center.
Nels Suldan has relieved the ever-genteel Paul Lundy on our Ferry Advisory Committee.
The state Department of Transportation denizens in the capital are inarguably entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts, so here, again, is an overview on how transportation (including ferries) in Washington is actually funded.
Fare Study: This is a Transportation Commission project to improve the efficiency and convenience in paying fares (yea!). They can also use it to make us pay more (boo!).
Our five-month roller coaster ride of a campaign is over! It feels like coming home from a 90-day submarine patrol, when just going to Point No Point and propping myself up against a log ranked high in my priorities.
In an April survey, riders voted two-to-one in favor of revising the…
Declaring that she "can't keep bailing out" ferries, Gov. Chris Gregoire heralded…
In a move to duck the tab for surging gas prices, the…
Reminder: Boats from Clinton will be diverted to Edmonds Friday through Sunday…
In case you’re wondering, those white things floating north of the ferry…
Washington State Ferries will meet with the Ferry Advisory Committee and the…
Kingston’s perky Grand Marshal, Bobbie Moore, will push off our Fourth of…
This column summarizes a ferry reservation proposal which is posted on the state ferries Website along with copies at the library.
Ferries staff explained the reasons for considering a reservations system and how…
The public can learn about and speak up on Washington State Ferry…