Councils Send Letter Protesting Ferry Cuts

– from Rick Hughes for the San Juan County Council – [Editor’s note: to read the State Dept. of Transportation’s budget request (Executive Summary) go to: WSDOTSupplementalBudgetRequestExecutiveSummaryREV.pdf To read the State Dept. of Transportation’s full proposed budget for 2015-17, go to: wsdot.wa.gov/TabBCombinedREVISED.pdf ) Dear Governor Inslee: On behalf of the … Continue reading

New Ferry Schedule, Off-peak Fares Highlight Fall Sailing Season

Riders should consult new schedule for possible changes to their route – from Washington State Ferries – Changing foliage and shorter days aren’t the only things Washington State Ferries’ customers can count on every fall. Seasonal service adjustments start Sunday, Sept. 21, and off-peak fares go into effect Wednesday, Oct. … Continue reading

New Ferries’ Head Announced by WSDOT

— from Lars Erickson, for WSDOT communications — Today [Sept. 10] Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including guiding the … Continue reading

Ferries Operations Chief On Leave Since July after “Disrespect”

State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson says Rodgers disrespected her in a June conversation. – By Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times  transportation reporter — State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson formally reprimanded the operations director of state ferries, saying he disrespected her during a phone conversation in June. Steve Rodgers, a 42-year employee, … Continue reading

Transportation Commission Releases Draft Plan 2035

Help Shape Washington’s Transportation Future: Statewide Public Comment on Plan Sought Through September 2014 Plan Recognizes Importance of Diverse Transportation Network for Puget Sound Region and Olympic Peninsula – from Paul Parker, Deputy Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission – The Washington State Transportation Commission (Commission) today released its draft … Continue reading

Ferries Secretary Reviews a Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Week

— from George Capacci, Interim Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division — This has been a challenging week for Washington State Ferries and the customers we serve. On Tuesday, July 29 the Tacoma lost power while entering Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island. Captain Ty Anderson and crew dropped anchor and immediately stabilized … Continue reading

Ferry Cancellations

– from Washington State Ferries – Thursday: All international departures from Anacortes, Friday Harbor and Sidney, B.C., will be canceled on Thursday, 7/31 and Friday, 8/1 due to vessel repositioning throughout the system. The affected westbound departures are Anacortes 8:25 a.m. and 2:50 p.m., and Friday Harbor 9:45 a.m. The … Continue reading