"Ferry, Cross the Mercy" - Life in Washington State

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

 If you do a Google search for "Ferry," the 1st ranked site you'll find is the "Official Washington State Ferries" homepage.

The history of the WA State Ferry System is a fascinating one, originating in the early 1900's with several private steamboat operators, known as the "Mosquito Fleet," to the present State-run operations we have today.

The WA State Ferry System is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. WSF’s existing system has 10 routes and 20 terminals that are served by 28 vessels. In fiscal year 1999, WSF carried over 11 million vehicles and 26 million people—over one million more walk-on and vehicle passengers and 500,000 more vehicles and drivers than in fiscal year 1997.

 The largest ferry in the fleet is the Jumbo Mark II Class, like the M/V Wenatchee. It's over 460 feet long, 90 feet wide, and carries a maximum of 202 vehicles and 2500 passengers.

Every weekday morning, more than 75,000 Puget Sound residents commute to work or school on board a Washington State Ferry. The WSF provides a helpful "Commuter Center"  website that keeps riders well-informed and updated, complete with current wait times and location web cams.

Tourism makes up another large segment of ferry ridership. Whether it's just a short relaxing half day getaway, a weekend escape, or a prolonged vacation, Washington State Ferries are a wonderful mode of transportation to consider. They make some of Washington's most picturesque and historic destinations easily accessible.

If you ever plan a trip to the Puget Sound area, make sure you include a ferry ride in your plans!

Rich Jacobson, www.KitsapLife.com

Bremerton WA Real Estate Agent

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

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Karen Villa Schweinfurth
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Great blog! Some interesting facts I didn't know. So ferry your way on over to this side of the pond.
Oct 06, 2006 03:07 PM #1
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Your ferries are part of what is so intreging about the area.  I love visiting and going for a ferry ride!
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Ade HouseLove to cross the Puget Sound in a ferry. In fact, the picture of me that I'm using currently is one my son took on a ferry trip to Friday Harbor last January.
Oct 08, 2006 06:32 PM #3
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There is good news and bad news about the ferry system and finding schedules to the islands. The good news is that the boats are improving. They are faster, cleaner and more comfortable. The bad news is they cost more to run so ticket prices are higher and finding reliable schedules more than 2 weeks in advance is still a problem.

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