Passenger Ferries

Sailing Away From Traffic

Original Article More than a dozen passengers boarded the Fremont Avenue as it prepared to depart from the Maritime Heritage dock on South Lake Union. The 50-foot, double-deck vessel, owned and operated by Capt. Larry Kezner, normally operates as a tour/charter boat on Lake Union. But, today was a little different. Instead of taking people out for an ice cream Read More ›

Foot Ferries Might Be Revived

Foot ferries might be revived A consortium of four private companies could start with Kingston-Seattle commuter service. Ann Strosnider Sun Staff Voters may have turned down tax-supported passenger-only ferry service, but interest in foot ferries remains strong. John Blackman, owner of Seattle-based Argosy Cruises, said Monday that four companies have come together to form a new entity — Aqua Express Read More ›

Private-Ferry Backers Plan Studies to Show Need

Original article From the Industry Wrapups column The Puget Sound Private Ferry Coalition is seeking federal and state funding for a pair of studies to help support the development of private-sector ferry systems in Puget Sound. Bruce Agnew, director of Discovery Institute’s Cascadia Project and a coalition founder, said one of the studies will look at how private ferries could Read More ›

House would cut Bremerton route to save foot ferries

The state House of Representatives has found a way to keep Puget Sound’s passenger-only ferries funded in the short term, Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes) told local officials and private ferry owners Thursday. The House Transportation Committee’s proposal includes cutting passenger-only service between Bremerton and Seattle but keeping the Vashon Island-Seattle route. Two new routes from Seattle to Kingston and Southworth Read More ›

Group looks into extending Kitsap Transit plan

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers and transportation leaders Thursday explored the idea of integrating Kitsap Transit’s passenger-only ferry model throughout Puget Sound to reduce congestion on Interstate 5 and local highways. Kitsap Transit is proposing to build 14 or more 149-passenger ferries and operate them like a marine bus system. They would depart Bremerton, Kingston, Southworth and Vashon Island every hour for Read More ›