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January 8, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Free ride proposed for electric cars on Washington ferries

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to give electric cars a free ride on state ferries and highway toll lanes. His transportation proposal also calls for subsidies for charging stations and giving up the sales tax on alternative-fuel vehicles. The governor’s transportation adviser, Charles Knutson, told The Daily Herald Inslee hopes the incentives will…

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December 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Winter ferry schedule begins on Sunday

The Associated Press The winter sailing schedule for Washington state ferries goes into effect Sunday. The service to Sidney, British Columbia, is suspended in the winter, and there are fewer sailings on some Puget Sound routes. The ferry service also says in 2015 it’s starting online vehicle reservations for travel to and from the San Juan Islands.

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October 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Ferries: Stop hogging our power outlets

Washington State Ferries has installed plates and padlocks over nine electrical outlets in the passenger level of Colman Dock to discourage people from hanging out there for hours. The crackdown surprised Bainbridge Island resident Mary Beth Abarbanel, who came home from a long flight two weeks ago. She couldn’t recharge her dead cellphone while waiting for…

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September 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Whoops! That Bremerton-Seattle ferry wasn’t really overloaded Aug. 15

A state inquiry found that the ferry Cathlamet wasn’t truly overloaded on Aug. 15, the day it returned to Bremerton and 484 passengers had to walk off the vessel. It turns out that the real number of passengers on the 4:20 p.m. run from Bremerton to Seattle was actually near the maximum allowable load of 1,200…

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September 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Ferries: smooth sailing so far for the 12th Man

Hordes of Seahawks fans have been making the boat trip from Bainbridge or Bremerton into Seattle smoothly so far Thursday afternoon, said Capt. George Capacci, interim director of Washington State Ferries. “Everybody seems to be moving on time,” he said. By 2 p.m., ferry crews counted about 2,500 more passengers than usual, predominantly walk-aboards heading toward Sodo and…

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August 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Overloaded Seattle-bound ferry forced to turn back to Bremerton

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m. | There will be no charge for vehicles and walk-on passengers sailing from Seattle to Bremerton on the 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and 12:50 ferries, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. UPDATE, 7:30 p.m. |  State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson issued the following statement about the overloaded ferry: “I apologize to…

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August 4, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Investigators checking ferry video for missing Oregon woman

The Associated Press FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Investigators are checking surveillance video from the Washington state ferry system to see if they can confirm a report that a missing Dundee, Ore., woman was spotted Friday on the ferry out of Anacortes to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. A couple who notified deputies told KPTV they…

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July 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Fumbled information made ferry delays worse, left riders fuming

An apparent lapse in communication within Washington State Ferries about ferry capacity made passenger delays even worse Tuesday after the breakdown of the M/V Tacoma, near Bainbridge Island. Only one boat remained on the Bainbridge-Seattle route, the Walla Walla. The Coast Guard gave permission Tuesday for the Walla Walla to carry 1,200 people between Bainbridge and Seattle, according…

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