Washington State Ferries Hiring Around Puget Sound

— from Washington State Ferries — We’re hiring entry-level crew members to start working in the spring of 2016. Our goal is to hire up to 35 Ordinary Seamen (OS) for on-call positions around Puget Sound. These crew members are part of our system’s front line. On board the ferry, … Continue reading

Ferries: Funding for Mukilteo Terminal (Finally) Comes Through

 — from the office of U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — The Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal project will receive $10 million through the federal TIGER program, Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, announced [recently]. Larsen wrote a letter of support for Washington state’s application for these funds and has previously talked with the … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: WSF Option to Increase Long-term Reservations Challenged

— by Alex MacLeod — Washington State Ferries held the last of its public meetings on the status of the reservation system on Shaw Thursday evening, and the message delivered — the same as what they heard on Orcas, San Juan and Lopez, and which they’ve also gotten from the … Continue reading

WSF Weighs Ferry Reservation Options

— by Margie Doyle — Washington State Ferries staff recently conducted a series of meetings on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and Shaw Islands regarding the effectiveness and the challenges of the Anacortes-San Juans reservation system, which began in January, 2015. At the Orcas Island meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15, County … Continue reading

WSF’s Tacoma Back with New Propeller

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— from Lynne Griffith, State Dept of Transportation Asst. Secretary Ferries  Division– Tacoma’s back and looking better than ever! Earlier this week, Tacoma returned to the Seattle/Bainbridge route after four months of maintenance work.[Editor’s note: With the Tacoma out of service for the summer, San Juan Islands’ and other WSF … Continue reading

Ferries to Hold Meetings on Reservation System Changes

Lopez and Orcas meetings on Oct. 14 and 15; San Juan and Shaw meetings on Oct. 21 and 22 — by Washington State Ferries http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/ — We want to hear how reservations are working for you and your family as we evaluate whether program modifications are needed for our spring … Continue reading

Bikers: Oyster Run in Anacortes this Sunday

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  Annual gathering for oyster lovers and cyclists all day long Sept. 27 — by Margie Doyle — The fabled Anacortes Oyster Run motorcycle event takes place tomorrow, as always on the fourth Sunday of September. Washington State Ferries estimates “the event will bring 15,000 or more participants to all … Continue reading

The Council Comes to Town and the People Are Heard

— by Margie Doyle — On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the San Juan County Council met on Orcas. The meeting was focused on issues that impact Orcas Island residents primarily, and heard from many Orcas Islanders on their work for the island and the county. Early in the meeting, Mark Tompkins, … Continue reading

Ferries Start Fall Schedule this Sunday, Sept. 20

— from Washington State Ferries — Ana/SJs/Sidney – Fall Schedule Begins Sunday, Sept. 20 Beginning Sunday, Sept. 20, the fall sailing schedule goes into effect. In keeping with previous fall schedules, drivers and passengers should note the San Juan Islands will be served by four vessels with one daily round-trip … Continue reading

Last Blast of Summer Travel Expected for Labor Day Weekend

 Ferry ridership highest in a dozen years ahead of holiday — from Washington State Ferries — More people have jumped aboard Washington State Ferries this summer than any other in the past 12 years. So far, this summer, an additional 150,000 passengers, enough to fill Safeco Field nearly three times … Continue reading

State Acts to Increase Ferry Fares

— from Washington State Transportation Commission — The Washington State Transportation Commission held its final hearing in Seattle on Tuesday, August 4 on its proposal to increase ferry fares. The proposal is designed to generate $357 million between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017, as required in the 2015/17 … Continue reading

WSF Acknowledges Issues with San Juans Reservations


— from KING5News.com — SEATTLE – Washington State Ferries acknowledged Tuesday it’s considering changes to the new reservation system in the San Juans. Brian Churchwell, WSF manager of financial accountability, told the Washington State Transportation Commission that the agency is considering raising fees in the wake of multiple cancellations and … Continue reading