Ferry Changes: New Schedule, New Rates, New Ferry

 — from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division – Plan ahead for the new spring sailing schedule and upcoming fare changes. The spring sailing schedule begins on Sunday, March 22, and annual peak-season fare surcharges go into effect May 1. The spring schedule includes the following changes: Opening of the … Continue reading

Ferry Reservations: Working out the Wrinkles

“We’re here to listen to you”  — by Margie Doyle – Washington State Ferry (WSF) representatives heard islanders’ complaints about the ferry reservation system, now two months old, at a well-attended meeting at the Orcas Senior Center last week. WSF representatives Brian Churchwell and Dwight Hutchinson met with County Councilman … Continue reading

Yakima: Late

– from Washington State Ferries – Due to operational constraints the Yakima is running 25 minutes late. This will affect the 3:05pm sailing from Anacortes to Lopez, Shaw and Orcas Island. This will also affect the 4:50pm sailing to Orcas and the 4:15pm sailing to Shaw sailings back to Anacortes. … Continue reading

Ferries Shake-Up Planned by Griffith

 — by Mike Lindblom of the SeattleTimes.com — Washington State Ferries chief Lynne Griffith told employees via e-mail Tuesday [Jan. 6, 2015] that she will reorganize the management structure and recruit new leaders — creating seven new job titles and requiring four senior staffers to re-apply for positions. Griffith was hired … Continue reading

New Laws Eliminate Seven-year Plate Replacement, Add a Fee to Fund Ferries

– from Milene Henley, County Auditor – Two laws enacted in 2014 will soon affect vehicle license renewals. Beginning January 1, 2015, ESHB 1129 will make vehicle transactions subject to a $5 licensing service fee on vehicle registration renewals and a $12 service fee on title transfers.The new service fees … Continue reading

State Transportation Fires Ferries’ Operations Manager

– by Mike Lindlbom for the Seattle Times (www.SeattelTimes.com ) – The operations director for the state ferry system — who has been on paid administrative leave and under investigation since July after being reprimanded — has been fired. Steve Rodgers, who was reprimanded in July after State Transportation Secretary … Continue reading