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Ferries giving little cars laser treatment

March 9th, 2012 by ed friedrich

Washington State Ferries, which created a discounted fare last year for cars 14 feet and shorter, now has a laser system to measure them. If you own a Mini Cooper, Mazda Miada or one of dozens of small cars, go to the ferry dock early and have it zapped to confirm the length. If car is less than 14 feet, you’ll get a windshield sticker and it’ll never have to be measured again.

The discount is being phased in over three years and will ultimately be 30 percent less than standard vehicles (14 to 22 feet). This first year, which began Oct. 1, regular car-and-driver fare is $12.75 one way in the Central Sound. It’s $11.50 for small cars. Even more reason for me to run out and buy a little roadster.

6 Responses to “Ferries giving little cars laser treatment”

  1. binewbie Says:

    So how much is this stupid piece of eqpt costing us?

  2. HWSlach Says:

    They shouldn’t have to measure each car. Get someone to spend a day looking at the manufacturers’ specs and make a list.

  3. Squish Says:

    Why not just measure as I was a couple months ago… with a manual wheeled tape measure??

  4. fletc3her Says:

    They already have a list (linked below). One of the booth operators mentioned the sticker to me (I drive a Honda Fit), but it isn’t clear who to actually ask for it.

    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/A97B51A3-7E27-4814-8B90-3EAECC004DB6/0/ListofCarsUnderandOver14Feet2011_1024.pdf

  5. Polar Says:

    Shall we also weigh them as well?

  6. Brett Says:

    Jeez the commenters on here are a bunch of whiners. Is that a Kitsap county thing, or…? Because this is not in any way shape or form a bad thing. Lighten up Francis!