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Archive for August, 2009

Ferry Ridership Up Slightly in July

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Washington State Ferries released its July ridership numbers today. They’re up slightly across the board:

Total riders: 2,485,461 (up 1 percent from 2008)
Vehicles: 1,009,091 (up 2.1 percent from 2008)
Passengers: 1,476,370 (up 0.3 percent from 2008)

The vehicle number took a decent jump. Wonder how it will look next summer if they put that super summer surcharge on.


Check Out How the New Ferry’s Coming

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Washington State Ferries send out a link today with a bunch of photos of work on its new 64-car ferry being built at Todd Shipyard in Seattle. It will be assigned to the Port Townsend-Keystone route when it’s finished next summer. The ferries folks say they’ll be inviting me over sometime soon to check it out. In the meantime, take a look at these:

To read more about the construction of the new ferries, go to here:


Sedgwick to Be Closed Tuesday Night

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Crews will close Sedgwick Road between Jackson Avenue and Phillips Road from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. A signed detour route will be available.

The closure is part of a state project to provide a safer, smoother-flowing corridor with increased visibility and turning-sight distance.

They’ll be putting in water lines and casings next week that could result in one-way alternating traffic in three places.