Walt Elliott

State ferry Spokane: More than good looks |FerryFare

The most obvious result of Spokane’s fall overhaul is the gleaming new job and signage. Less noticeable but perhaps more important are the eight life… Continue reading

 

A look at the possible future of various ferry classes | FerryFare

From now and through 2018, Washington State Ferries will be conjuring its Long-Range Plan for our boats, service, fares and terminals. This month, we’ll look… Continue reading

 

Fare policy changes | FerryFare

The proposed fare increases for this October are 2.9 percent for vehicles and 2.5 percent for passengers. Next year, they will be 2.5 percent for… Continue reading

 

‘Nap Tyme,’ the driverless boat | FerryFare

“Nap Tyme” was aptly named as she cruised through Dalco Passage (Tacoma Narrows) on auto pilot with her skipper down below. Like the “Little Engine… Continue reading

So long old timer | FerryFare

So long, old timer | FerryFare

Lighting up smiles | FerryFare

Do the Port of Kingston’s Christmas lights have you thinking, “That must have been a really big trip to Costco”? It’s actually volunteers who turn… Continue reading

Why a foot ferry? Pros and Cons | FerryFare

Let’s go over the pros and cons. Pros: cost and convenience, downtown vitality, and bringing new families to Kingston. Cons: downtown will change, reliability is… Continue reading

Possible changes: Reasons to attend ferry meeting | FerryFare

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.

A look at the issues regarding newest ferries | Ferry Fare

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.

Confessions of a ferry-o-phile | FerryFare

For me, a Kingston foot ferry would be like winning the lottery after buying tickets for a decade and half.

Working to reduce congestion at Edmonds | FerryFare

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.

Remember these rules when boating near ferries | FerryFare

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.

Fleet’s health is on the comeback trail | FerryFare

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.

The Ferrywalkers | Ferry Fare

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.

Kingston’s new perviousness | Ferry Fare

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.

Vashon Island has a long history of ferry pride

Washington Sate Ferries has a 5 percent biodiesel target, but only if it’s not too pricey.

WSF alerts lets riders keep track of the ferries

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.

New gas tax still won’t fully fund ferries

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.

Ferry crews often help save overboard passengers

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.

Ferry Toon for February 2015

The Kingston Community News cartoon for February 2015 is by Walt Elliott.