Only one online camera for Bainbridge terminal

The in basket: Leroy McVay of Poulsbo writes, “Washington State Ferries provide six cameras showing traffic line-ups for the Edmonds ferry.  They provide four cameras for Kingston but only one for the Bainbridge ferry.  When our family comes over, we can check the Kingston ferry backup but we can’t check the line for Bainbridge. 
“Is there a valid reason they don’t provide cameras for the Bainbridge ferry backup?” he asks.


The in basket: Leroy McVay of Poulsbo writes, “Washington State Ferries provide six cameras showing traffic line-ups for the Edmonds ferry.  They provide four cameras for Kingston but only one for the Bainbridge ferry.  When our family comes over, we can check the Kingston ferry backup but we can’t check the line for Bainbridge. 
“Is there a valid reason they don’t provide cameras for the Bainbridge ferry backup?” he asks.
The out basket: Susan Harris-Huether of WSF says other growing demands on ferry funding don’t make adding cameras at and near the Bainbridge terminal very likely, but she provides some information about making the most of the one camera that is there.
“Our camera funding has come primarily from federal grants,” she said. “The cameras at Edmonds and Kingston, as well as the variable message sign that is there, are an example of such a grant. (Such) installations would be considered a capital improvement project and the Legislature, over the recent past, has only funded preservation projects such as replacement of wing walls.
“Our only other possible means of funding cameras is to roll it into larger capital improvement projects. The Legislature last year has asked us to slow these projects and address our operation strategies and long-term financing which means there are no major improvement projects planned.
A private firm, ferrycam.com, provided a view of the line of cars outside the Bainbridge holding area for a time, but though its Web site is still there, no photos of ferry lines have been shown lately.
The camera view at Bainbridge on the Web site was installed on the passenger terminal building as part of a security grant and provides a view of the vehicle holding area, Susan said. The image was too small for me to see back to the toll booths, but she said it can be enlarged on many computers by double-clicking on the image. I couldn’t get that to work on my iMac.
“Until we get additional funds for cameras,” she said. “it might help to know that the holding area holds 220 cars and the vessels on this route hold 202 cars. If the holding area is full and traffic (extends to) Olympic Drive, that sailing is full.”
Another 200 or so cars will fill the waiting area alongside Highway 305 from the toll booths back past High School Road. On average, about 85 cars north of High School Road will be able to make the sailing after next.
Anyway, it could be worse, Leroy. The Bremerton, Vashon and Point Defiance terminals have no cameras at all.

One thought on “Only one online camera for Bainbridge terminal

  1. Thanks for the reply to my question re ferry cameras for B.I. From the looks of things, the camera installations were not really planned, they just threw the money and let it fall where it may.

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