ferry systems

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Starting today, it’s going to cost you more to commute by ferry in and around the Puget Sound—unless you have a small car.

Walk-on ferry passengers will pay 15 cents more to sail from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. Passenger fares are going up 2 percent are vehicle fares are increasing by 3 percent to help the ferry system meet its revenue target.

But for those who drive onto the ferry, it pays to have a small car. Cars shorter than 14 feet will receive a discount.

Courtesy Port of Kingston

Their loss is our gain. That’s one way some folks are looking at the
failure of the Port of Kingston’s passenger-only ferry service.

The last sailing of the shuttle between downtown Seattle and Kingston was
September 28th.

Braden / Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — The owner of the historic Washington ferry Kalakala says on his website the vessel has been sold for $1 to an anonymous buyer who promises to restore the vessel to its art deco glory.

No other details about the plans were posted on the Kalakala Website.

Bellamy Pailthorp / KPLU

It’ll be the longest full closure of a Seattle area highway the region’s ever dealt with. In less than two weeks, demolition begins on the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Several miles of State Route 99 will be closed for nine days starting Oct 21st. 

The state says all commuters will be affected – but none more than those near West Seattle.

Rishabh Mathur / Flickr

The Washington State Patrol says dogs that sniff for explosives at state ferry terminals will find fireworks.

The patrol says ferry riders should store fireworks where they are accessible for troopers to examine. Any illegal fireworks will be confiscated, and the owners could be prosecuted.

Riders on the nation’s biggest ferry system, Washington State Ferries, should brace themselves for another round of fare increases. The only remaining question is how much. 

The state House and Senate have come out with competing spending blueprints for roads and ferries. One thing the budgets have in common is higher ferry fares. The  increase this fall ranges between 2.5% and 5% and another 2.5% coming next fall.