ferries http://kuow.org en Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-ferries-born-rates-war <p></p><p></p><p>In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.</p><p>A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:27:20 +0000 Kara McDermott & Dominic Black 28338 at http://kuow.org Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-ferries-replacing-aging-icons <p>Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.</p><p>The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.” Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:06:36 +0000 Kara McDermott & Dominic Black 28776 at http://kuow.org Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons Call Of The Sound: Romance Of Foghorns Endures http://kuow.org/post/call-sound-romance-foghorns-endures <p></p><p>If you live near downtown Seattle, you may have recently heard a long, low horn reverberating through the soupy nighttime air.</p><p>It happens every once in a while and has some Seattleites mystified. Where does the sound come from? It is a train? A boat? Last call at a Capitol Hill bar? Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jim Gates 26289 at http://kuow.org Call Of The Sound: Romance Of Foghorns Endures Washington Ferry System Sets Course To Convert To Natural Gas http://kuow.org/post/washington-ferry-system-sets-course-convert-natural-gas <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/112513TB_FerryFuel_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The nation's biggest ferry system is aiming to convert some of its fleet from diesel to natural gas propulsion.<p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:38:21 +0000 Tom Banse 24542 at http://kuow.org Washington Ferry System Sets Course To Convert To Natural Gas Washington State Ferry Captain And Second Mate Placed On Leave After Collision http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-ferry-captain-and-second-mate-placed-leave-after-collision <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091613TB_FerryCrash_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Last Friday, a large ferry collided with a sailboat, sinking that much smaller craft.<p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:40:09 +0000 Tom Banse 20481 at http://kuow.org Washington State Ferry Captain And Second Mate Placed On Leave After Collision Remote Yet Vital Inland Northwest Ferry Crossing Gets An Upgrade http://kuow.org/post/remote-yet-vital-inland-northwest-ferry-crossing-gets-upgrade <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/081413JR_InlandFerry_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another, inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly needed update.<p>No new boat ceremony would be complete without breaking a bottle over the bow. But it took a few tries to actually break this bottle.<p>And with that, the new Keller Ferry was up and running on State Route 21 in eastern Washington. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:06:17 +0000 Jessica Robinson 18636 at http://kuow.org Remote Yet Vital Inland Northwest Ferry Crossing Gets An Upgrade Proposal: Half-Price Youth Fares On Wash. State Ferries http://kuow.org/post/proposal-half-price-youth-fares-wash-state-ferries <p><em>Correction 7/9/13: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that on the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry, the peak season, round-trip fare for a car and driver would go up $0.90 to $17.30. That total was a one-way fare. In fact, the round-trip fare would increase $1.80, to $34.60.</em></p><p>If you ride the Washington State Ferries, prepare to pay a bit more. The Washington State Transportation Commission wants to increase fares by about&nbsp;six percent within the next year. The commission says the rate hike is needed to meet revenue targets set by the legislature in the 2013-2015 transportation budget. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 00:51:48 +0000 Liz Jones 16293 at http://kuow.org Proposal: Half-Price Youth Fares On Wash. State Ferries Will Competition In Ferry Market Save Taxpayers Money? http://kuow.org/post/will-competition-ferry-market-save-taxpayers-money <p>Washington state lawmakers are considering ending a requirement that ferries be built in state. According to a recent state audit Washington is overpaying for ferries compared to other states. Ross Reynolds talks with ferry maker Brian Mannion about his thoughts on opening up state ferry production to outside competition.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:29:18 +0000 Producer 8905 at http://kuow.org Will Competition In Ferry Market Save Taxpayers Money? Washington Law Drives Up Ferry Building Prices http://kuow.org/post/washington-law-drives-ferry-building-prices <p>State auditors say that Washington state ferries cost too much money to build. The Chetzemoka ferry for example, which transports passengers from Coupeville to Port Townsend, cost around $36 million more than a similar boat that was built on the east coast. Auditors say it’s due to a state law that requires ferries to be built by Washington companies. Now they’re asking lawmakers to get rid of the law. Ross talks to Clipper Navigation CEO Derrell E. Bryan to get the details.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:09:25 +0000 Ross Reynolds 7100 at http://kuow.org Washington Law Drives Up Ferry Building Prices Ferry Delays Have Commuters Stuck Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay http://kuow.org/post/ferry-delays-have-commuters-stuck-sitting-dock-bay <p>Washington State Ferry system staff cutbacks are leading to some last minute cancelations and that is causing headaches for some ferry commuters.&nbsp; Yesterday, two ferry sailings were canceled due to crew shortages. Ross Reynolds talks to state ferry system director, David Moseley. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:48:44 +0000 Ross Reynolds 2362 at http://kuow.org Ferry Delays Have Commuters Stuck Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay