Rules apparently don’t apply on state ferries

I would like to speak on behalf of the 90 percent of ferry boat riders at the Bremerton Ferry Terminal who wait on the correct side of the loading ramp to board the Seattle-bound ferry.

The sign clearly reads to line up on the right hand side of the ramp. The left side is for the de-boarding passengers.

Since there is no barrier to prevent rule-breakers from cutting in front of all those waiting as required, several dozen people who feel rules don’t apply to them simply take the opportunity to rush in front of everyone else by going down the left-hand side of the ramp to board the Seattle-bound ferry. There is nothing to prevent this from happening unless measures are taken.

For instance, either a security guard or a ferry boat employee could be stationed there to tell people to get to the back of the line. Another option would be to install an automatic closing door on the left (de-boarding) side of the ramp.

It is only a matter of time before some disgruntled rule-follower tries to take matters into their own hands to try to resolve this. In addition to this being grossly unfair to those following the rules, it has the strong chance of becoming a public safety issue.

Margaret Pearl