Walt Elliott

Walt posted 54 stories to Kitsap Daily News.
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Fare policy changes | FerryFare

The proposed fare increases for this October are 2.9 percent for vehicles…

  • Jun 16th, 2017 4:08pm

‘Nap Tyme,’ the driverless boat | FerryFare

“Nap Tyme” was aptly named as she cruised through Dalco Passage (Tacoma…

  • Apr 4th, 2017 3:30pm

So long old timer | FerryFare

So long, old timer | FerryFare

  • Jan 27th, 2017 11:09am

Lighting up smiles | FerryFare

Do the Port of Kingston’s Christmas lights have you thinking, “That must…

  • Dec 3rd, 2016 1:30am

Why a foot ferry? Pros and Cons | FerryFare

Let’s go over the pros and cons. Pros: cost and convenience, downtown…

  • Nov 18th, 2016 9:37am

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.

  • Aug 12th, 2016 4:52pm

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.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:08pm

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.

  • May 14th, 2016 1:40am

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.

  • Mar 28th, 2016 10:01pm

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.

  • Dec 18th, 2015 8:44pm

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.

  • Nov 21st, 2015 6:00pm

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.

  • Jul 31st, 2015 4:37pm

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.

  • Jun 26th, 2015 10:29pm

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.

  • May 26th, 2015 4:40pm

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.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 4:58pm

Ferry Toon for February 2015

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

  • Feb 2nd, 2015 11:17pm

Ferry survey shows half of riders don’t want higher fares | Ferry Fare

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.

  • Jan 13th, 2015 12:19am

A Washington ferry budget break down for 2015-16 | Ferry Fare

Budgets give us a glimpse into where WSF’s headed … that is if the Legislature agrees. Here’s an overview.

  • Oct 9th, 2014 8:51pm

WSF is working on reservation system and more | Ferry Fare

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.

  • Jul 28th, 2014 6:18pm

Be safe: Columnist urges caution when boating near state ferries | Ferry Fare

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

  • Jun 2nd, 2014 5:25pm

‘Call before you dig’ | May 2014 editorial cartoon

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.

  • Apr 29th, 2014 11:19pm

Ode to WSF director who put system, riders first | Ferryfare

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.

  • Apr 4th, 2014 5:22pm

Debate over LNG, “Bertha’ hinders WSDOT budgets | Ferry Fare

Here in Kingston, plans for LNG-powered ferries march on with a safety study — for good reason.

  • Mar 8th, 2014 2:00pm

Support for WSF wanes as price rises, service declines | Ferry Fare

The state transportation funding cauldron continues to bubble.

  • Jan 7th, 2014 7:54pm

Ferry traffic meetings: A break down | Ferry Fare

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

  • Nov 22nd, 2013 7:54pm

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.

  • Jun 6th, 2013 10:39pm

Changes to ferry passenger fare, car size costs | FerryFare

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!

  • Apr 26th, 2013 7:19pm

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.

  • Oct 26th, 2012 7:48pm

WSF considering LNG propulsion | FerryFare

Nels Suldan has relieved the ever-genteel Paul Lundy on our Ferry Advisory Committee.

  • Jul 30th, 2012 5:39pm

Here’s how state ferries are actually funded | FerryFare

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.

  • Apr 3rd, 2012 8:00pm

WSF’s fare study and the use of natural gas | Ferry Fare

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!).

  • Dec 20th, 2011 8:00pm

Elliott outlines his goals for first year

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.

  • Nov 18th, 2011 9:19pm

WSF community meeting scheduled for June 13 | Ferry Fare | June

In an April survey, riders voted two-to-one in favor of revising the…

  • Jun 3rd, 2011 10:29pm

State ferries strife is nothing new | Ferry Fare | May

Declaring that she "can't keep bailing out" ferries, Gov. Chris Gregoire heralded…

  • May 3rd, 2011 6:28pm

Say ‘no’ to a ferry fuel surcharge | Ferry Fare | April

In a move to duck the tab for surging gas prices, the…

  • Apr 1st, 2011 7:07pm

Ferries are the victim of a financial storm | Ferry Fare | March

Reminder: Boats from Clinton will be diverted to Edmonds Friday through Sunday…

  • Mar 1st, 2011 11:14pm

A ferry merry Christmas | Ferry Fare | December

In case you’re wondering, those white things floating north of the ferry…

  • Dec 22nd, 2010 11:06pm

Study plumbs depths of WSF | Ferry Fare | October

Washington State Ferries will meet with the Ferry Advisory Committee and the…

  • Oct 1st, 2010 6:39pm

Fares frozen… for now | Ferry Fare | July

Kingston’s perky Grand Marshal, Bobbie Moore, will push off our Fourth of…

  • Jul 6th, 2010 6:04pm

WSF’s ferry reservations debate continues in January | Ferry Fare | January

This column summarizes a ferry reservation proposal which is posted on the state ferries Website along with copies at the library.

  • Dec 23rd, 2009 9:35pm