Keep up with the ferries

Keep abreast of the status of the ferries by mousing over Washington State Ferries in the gray bar at the top of the page. A number of links to WSF web pages - terminal web cams, bulletins, vessel watch, schedules, tickets, etc. - will show up in the gray bar.

Of course, let's hope the only glitch in service this holiday weekend was the one resolved on Friday.

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Construction begins on next-generation ferry

The first arc welds on the keel of Washington’s new 144-car ferry will be made later this month by the leaders of the state Legislature transportation committees, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island and Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island.

The design of the ferry is based on the 130-car Issaquah class, which has proven to be the most versatile vessel in the state fleet. The new 144-car ferry will be more comfortable for passengers with added capacity, improved safety systems and better access for customers with disabilities.

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Anacortes terminal passenger waiting area improvements

The passenger waiting area in the Anacortes terminal building is going to be receiving some much-needed improvements in the next few weeks.

First, the walls will get a fresh coat of paint, then new carpeting will be installed, and finally, new benches will be added.

Washington State Ferries asks travelers to please pardon the disarray while the changes are made. They hope these renovations will make the space more comfortable and pleasant for customers waiting to head out to the San Juan Islands.

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Construction begins on 144-car ferry

Thursday, February 16 Vigor Shipyards began welding steel together for the first hull module of the first new 144-car ferry. "This is an important milestone in continuing to build modern vessels to provide our passengers safe and reliable service," said David Moseley. "We look forward to the partnership with Vigor to bring this boat in on time and on budget."

Construction is scheduled for completion in early 2014.

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WSF moving forward with LNG for ferries

Washington State Ferries (WSF)  has received conceptual approval from the U.S. Coast Guard to retrofit the propulsion system with new engines on the six Issaquah Class vessels and re-design the new 144-car ferry to accommodate using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, according to WSDOT Assistant Secretary of the Ferries Division.  In his weekly ferry update he wrote: LNG is an exciting possibility for the ferry system that would mean cleaner emissions and reduced expenditures on fuel.

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Task force recommends funding options for ferries

The state, over the next decade, faces a $1.3 billion shortfall for Washington State Ferries' operation and capital needs. The Connecting Washington Task Force, a group created by Governor Gregoire to develop sustainable funding for transportation, recommends a $20 billion package of funding options - raising revenue through a a combination of state fees, tolling, taxes and increased local option revenues.

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