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Ferries

Have a great photo of a ferry?

Ferries are a unique and integral part of our state's transportation system — and they are also highly photogenic.Submit your best ferry photo on Twitter, and you could win a tour of a ferry and see your work shared by Washington State Ferries.Photos and...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Street Smarts


State ferries leader gets high marks after 11 months at helm

OLYMPIA — Lynne Griffith had no designs on running Washington State Ferries.Now, the 65-year-old Tacoma resident can't imagine leaving."I'm having a ball," she said this week as she...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Local News


Washington ferry fares going up Oct. 1

SEATTLE — The cost to ride a ferry in the Puget Sound will be going up as of Oct. 1.KCPQ-TV reported the Washington State Transportation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to raise ferry fares.

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest


Extra ferry sailings while Deception Pass closed

Extra ferry sailings will be added on the Mukilteo-Clinton route to and from Whidbey Island to assist travelers while the Highway 20 Deception Pass bridges are closed for overnight paving.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Street Smarts


How to get where we’re going on transportation

Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials


Commissioners recommend ferry fare increases this year and next

A state panel took the first step Tuesday to increase fares on Washington State Ferries this fall.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News


Ferries recommend cars pay more of general fare increase

OLYMPIA — Washington State Ferries officials are recommending a 2.5 percent fare increase for vehicles and a 1 percent fare increase for passengers in a continued effort to fully fund and employ the system.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Northwest


Ferry to travel through locks

It’s not every day a Washington State Ferry vessel squeezes through Seattle’s Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Street Smarts


Oil plunge forces soul-searching on Alaska’s bills

Oil has been Alaska’s lifeline. The collapse of crude prices could change everything.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World


State to give Edmonds $500K for waterfront traffic study

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are ready to help the city of Edmonds curb the frequent traffic back-ups on the waterfront caused by all the trains traveling through town.

Date: 05/27/2015 | Local News


Another plea for compromise

The news last week that the state could expect about $415 million more in revenue than was initially projected should have brought the Legislature, divided over the next two year budget, closer to a deal.While it may have closed some of the $1 billion gap between what House...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Editorials


San Juan Islands residents frustrated by ferry reservations

SEATTLE — Some San Juan County residents have expressed frustration by the Washington State Ferries reservation system to manage congestion on vessels between Anacortes and the San Juan islands — a popular tourist destination.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest


State launches new ferry Samish in Anacortes

ANACORTES — The Washington Department of Transportation launched a new 144-car ferry at its Anacortes ferry terminal Wednesday.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Northwest


Hey Legislature, how ya' doin'?

Dear Legislature:It's been a couple of weeks since you went into your special session, and, well, you're halfway through and we haven't heard much. Just wondering: How's it going?Don't misunderstand us; we know there's a lot to resolve and you've got that...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Editorials


Ferry loses power on Bainbridge-Seattle run

SEATTLE — Washington State Ferries says the ferry Tacoma lost power on a run between Bainbridge Island and Seattle and is out of service.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest


Crews will repair Coupeville ferry terminal, stop service

SEATTLE — Safety repairs on the Coupeville ferry terminal means suspended service on the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry route this weekend.Officials say the repair work will impact service on Saturday and Sunday. They expect service to resume on Monday.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Northwest


Mukilteo ferry briefly loses power with 173 aboard

MUKILTEO — A Washington State Ferries spokeswoman says the ferry Tokitae, which briefly lost power Wednesday evening with 173 people on board, will be back in service Thursday morning on the Mukilteo-Clinton route.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Northwest


Ferry schedule system stops working, can't take summer reservations

Shortly after the summer ferry schedule was released yesterday, the reservation system stopped working. Washington State Ferries can’t take summer reservations online or by phone until it sorts out the technical glitch.

Date: 04/15/2015 | Street Smarts


Summer ferry reservation system fails on first day

SEATTLE — The Washington State Department of Transportation kicked off the summer vacation planning season by opening a new online reservation system for summer ferry travel.But the system failed on its first day of operation Tuesday.

Date: 04/15/2015 | Northwest


Expect longer wait for Edmonds ferry for 2 weeks

Ferry users should plan for two weeks of reduced capacity on the Edmonds-Kingston route.Through April 19, plan for 44 fewer vehicle spaces on approximately half of all sailings on the Edmonds-Kingston route. The temporary downsizing is needed while the 188-car Walla Walla...

Date: 04/07/2015 | Street Smarts


State Ferries worker awarded $1 million

SEATTLE — A Washington State Ferries employee who suffered retaliation after reporting on a co-worker who skipped out on the job has been awarded $1 million.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Northwest


Ferry Tokitae resumes Clinton-Mukilteo run Sunday

Whidbey Island will see the state’s newest ferry return to its route next week. The ferry Tokitae is set to return to the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route Sunday.The date is also the start of state ferries’ spring schedule.

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News


Solution sought for congestion caused by trains in Edmonds

EDMONDS — The city and the Port of Edmonds are poised to spend $125,000 to show state lawmakers the...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Local News


Repaired ferry ready for sea tests

SEATTLE — Washington State Ferries says the ferry Tacoma is ready to begin sea tests after crews repaired its electrical system.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Northwest


Work ahead yet for legislators

Nobody said the road to compromise was going to be straight and smooth.The state Senate on Monday indeed passed a $15 billion transportation...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Editorials


New look on the horizon for Mukilteo eyesore

MUKILTEO — For years, the city’s waterfront has been has been an area of sharp contrasts, offering both stunning views and something of an eyesore.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Local News


Adopt low-carbon fuel limits

Following the lead of California and directed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the state Department of Ecology is slowly moving forward with a proposed rule that would require a reduction in the carbon emissions resulting from...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Editorials


Pierce County launches study of ferry system

TACOMA — Pierce County is hoping to balance island needs with taxpayer burdens after conducting a new study of its ferry system.The News Tribune reported that the study will evaluate the ferry system’s financial stability and help the county plan for budget needs for the next 14 years.

Date: 01/18/2015 | Northwest


Gov. Inslee proposes free toll lane, ferry travel for electric vehicles

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee wants to see a lot more electric vehicles in the state in five years, and he's willing to spend a few million taxpayer dollars to make it happen.His plans for transportation include incentives to make it cheaper and easier to own an electric...

Date: 01/08/2015 | Local News


Ships that pass into history

Washington residents don't like saying goodbye to pieces of their maritime heritage. But they have a harder time finding the will and the money to preserve those pieces of history.After a long, expensive and torturous effort to preserve it,

Date: 01/07/2015 | Editorials


Kalakala to be scrapped; end of iconic Puget Sound ferry

TACOMA — The historic ferry Kalakala has reached its final destination.The owner plans to have the rusting hulk scrapped later this month in Tacoma, The News Tribune reported Sunday.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Northwest


Heat, smoke delay search of Greek ferry for bodies

BRINDISI, Italy — For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies.

Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World


Governor's transportation budget gives Snohomish County short shrift

Looking at the various projects outlined by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month in his proposed transportation budget, you can understand why officials in Snohomish County are holding the box upside-down and thumping on the bottom in disbelief to see if anything more might fall out.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Editorials


Carbon tax or gas tax, state transportation package must pass

Gov. Jay Inslee calls it a "two-fer."The governor's transportation budget calls for $12 billion in spending, including $81.8 million for...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Editorials


Ferry crew, nurse provide CPR in heart attack

KINGSTON — Authorities say a well-trained Washington State Ferries crew and a registered nurse who happened to be nearby swung into action and provided CPR to an 80-year-old man who had an apparent heart attack as he walked onto a state ferry.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Northwest


Cities' strong case on budget

With the legislative session less than a month away and Gov. Jay Inslee set to release his budget proposal on Thursday, various groups are stepping up to remind lawmakers about what needs to get done. Education and transportation will be the main focus, but many other strings will...

Date: 12/17/2014 | Editorials


Governor proposes $12 billion transportation plan

MEDINA — Overlooking the Highway 520 floating bridge project, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled a proposal he said would address the state's most pressing transportation needs — fixing bridges and roads and boosting the ferry system while cleaning the air and...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Local News


San Juan ferries now take reservations

Washington State Ferries now takes reservations for travel to the San Juan Islands. Reservations can be made now for travel starting Jan. 5. It’s a nice way to avoid lines. More than 1,700 reservations have already been made for the winter season. Make reservations online at

Date: 12/12/2014 | Street Smarts


Taking a ferry for Thanksgiving?

If your holiday travel plans include a ferry passage, plan ahead for heavy traffic. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 26, and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 28. Some routes will be on a holiday schedule on Thursday, Nov. 27. Check the

Date: 11/17/2014 | Street Smarts


Edmonds ponders a 7,800-foot trench for train traffic

EDMONDS — A proposed 7,800-foot trench to allow trains to pass through the city below grade would cost an estimated $250 million to $290 million, according to Tetra Tech, a Seattle consulting firm.The trench would begin near the...

Date: 11/17/2014 | Local News


Coupeville ferry gets high-tech addition to help scientists

Both ferries on the Coupeville to Port Townsend route will now pull double-duty as they take vehicles and passengers across the water. Thanks to sensors installed on their hulls, the Kennewick and Salish ferries also will help monitor water quality in Puget Sound for the Department of...

Date: 11/14/2014 | Street Smarts


Spend. Yes, spend to rebuild transportation

When lawmakers return to Olympia next January, they'll have a chance to demonstrate that they can make progress on the state's two biggest challenges: improving a failing transportation system and funding the public schools. If the agenda sounds familiar, it is. These are the same...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Opinion Columnists


Open house to talk traffic woes from Mukilteo pier removal

MUKILTEO — Big changes are coming to the waterfront, starting next year.An $11.7 million project to remove a 1,360-foot pier at the former tank farm site is to get under way in the spring. The project will bring construction trucks to a part of the waterfront that...

Date: 10/08/2014 | Local News


A pitch for the ferries

Patty Murray presses the feds for funding

Date: 10/07/2014 | Local News


Open house on new Mukilteo ferry terminal

Washington State Ferries and the city of Mukilteo host an open house about the new ferry terminal, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Point Elliott Room at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

Date: 10/03/2014 | Street Smarts


Ferry fix to solve car-scraping problem

SEATTLE — Washington State Ferries began repairing its newest vessel Wednesday to prevent the bottoms of cars from scraping the ramp leading to the upper parking deck.

Date: 09/25/2014 | Local News


Investigation: Seattle ferry wasn’t overloaded

SEATTLE — A state investigation has found that a Seattle ferry that was forced to turn around before a preseason Seahawks football game last month wasn’t overloaded, after all.

Date: 09/22/2014 | Northwest


Lawmakers give governor an earful about ferries

OLYMPIA — Two state lawmakers who have been sharply critical of Washington State Ferries asked the governor on Monday to remove some of the agency’s top leaders as a newly hired director takes the helm.

Date: 09/22/2014 | Local News


Local ferry schedule and fares to change

With the busy summer season coming to an end, Washington State Ferries is preparing to alter the schedule this week and fares next month.On the Mukilteo-Clinton route, that will mean fewer late-night sailings during the week.The 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. boats out of...

Date: 09/18/2014 | Local News


Man swimming off Seattle waterfront delays ferry

SEATTLE — Seattle police say a man taking a dip off the Seattle waterfront delayed the arrival of a ferry.

Date: 09/16/2014 | Northwest


New ferries leader just retired from Pierce Transit

OLYMPIA – Two months ago, Pierce Transit Chief Executive Officer Lynne Griffith announced she was retiring.Then Griffith heard from state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson and others asking her to hold off...

Date: 09/10/2014 | Local News


Edmonds ferries resume service after morning spill

EDMONDS — Normal ferry service was scheduled to resume Monday afternoon following a diesel spill, ahead of what was expected to be a typically busy end of the Labor Day weekend.

Date: 09/01/2014 | Local News




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