The Associated Press Ridership on Washington state ferries rose 1.5 percent last year, compared with the year before. The 22.5 million riders are the most since 2009. The Kitsap Sun reports the growth was in non-commuters. Commuter use declined. Vehicle traffic in the San Juan Islands was the highest it’s been in a decade. The Bainbridge Island-Seattle route remains the…More
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The Associated Press Fifteen ferry crossings have been canceled in the past three weeks because of staffing issues. That follows 37 cancellations during the busy summer season, compared to only four sailings canceled in the summer of last year. A ferry system official, Deputy Chief George Capacci, told KING-TV they’re talking to labor unions to…More
Washington State Ferries will begin construction early next year on a new 144-car ferry. The ferry system is replacing aging ferries in its 22-boat fleet. The state hopes to build three of the 144-car ferries, but has only provided money for the first one. The work will be done by Vigor Industrial, formerly Todd Shipyards, with…More