Ferry service quite impressive
July 3, 2008 · Updated 8:46 PM
Much has been written regarding the Keystone to Port Townsend ferry issue. Our elected officials could have opted to shut down the run for a period of time. Luckily for all of us, that did not occur. Instead of complaining and pointing fingers, perhaps a bit of gratitude is in order. I greatly appreciate the options that were implemented.
My husband and I took the whale watching boat from Keystone to Port Townsend. We knew the boat had limited capacity from reading the newspaper so we planned accordingly. We arrived early and stood in line. It was cold and windy yet it was our choice to stand in line to ensure we could board. The crew from the whale watching boat was helpful and cheerful. It was stormy and the surf pounded the windows, I felt safe. The boat was filled to capacity. Yes, there were people unable to board. The same thing happens with all ferries we do not always make the boat we want.
We took the ferry from Port Townsend to Seattle and stayed the night. Again, the boat had limited capacity. This was also clearly communicated. Yes, there were people unable to board. The ride was fantastic! We rocked and we rolled. Ferry personnel were present and happy to discuss the boat and her history.
Our return voyage was equally exciting. The only difference was a detour to Keystone. According to ferry personnel, the detour was common. If the Snohomish could help shuttle people from Keystone to Port Townsend that were left from the regular run, they were all over it!
Traveling from Whidbey Island to Seattle via ferry reminded us what a complex and critical issue all public transportation is for our state. The ability to travel via ferry to Seattle is something worth looking into further.
We count our blessings that our ferry issues were made a priority and viable options were implemented. My ferry rides were an experience I will forever treasure.
I would like to thank local and state agencies, their personnel and our elected officials for their prompt attention to this issue.