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Posted on: July 21, 2016

New ferry ticketing system goes live July 26

Pierce County Ferry riders will purchase their ferry tickets through a new ticketing system starting July 26.

Riders will be able to buy their tickets online at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry, at the Steilacoom Terminal and via a new smartphone app.

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Posted on: June 28, 2016

Pilot of two-boat service on the Pierce County Ferry during summer weekends starts July 1

The Pierce County Ferry will offer additional weekend runs in July and August to minimize delays during the busy summer season as part of a pilot program in 2016.

Pierce County will operate both boats from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays. In addi...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2016

Fourth of July weekend brings schedule changes, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

Pierce County Ferry riders should be aware of several items during the Fourth of July weekend.

Schedule changes
During the Fourth of July weekend, a run departing Steilacoom at 10 p.m. on July 3 and 4 will be offered. The run departing Steilacoom at 4:45 a.m. will be canceled on July 4.

Two-boat service will be offered between noon and 8 p.m. Fridays and Sundays in July and August as part of a summer pilot program.

During the Fourth of July weekend, two-boat service will be offered July 1, 3 and 5. In addition to normally scheduled runs, the system’s second ferry will depart Steilacoom at 12:30 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 4:50 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Ferry riders can view the schedule at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

Plan ahead for extreme tides
Ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance - such as an RV, commercial truck, sports car or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or from Anderson and Ketron islands should plan ahead to avoid damage to vehicles, ramps and the ferry during extreme tides July 1-5.

Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings during extreme tides, and riders may be asked to go on a different sailing. Extreme tides are expected:

  • July 1: 8:45 to 10:45 a.m., 4 to 6 p.m.
  • July 2: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 5 to 7 p.m.
  • July 3: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 5:45 to7:45 p.m.
  • July 4: 4 to 6 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • July 5: 4:45 to 6:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Crew members will be checking all large vehicles and vehicles towing trailers that arrive during sailings affected by the extreme tides. Riders should call Steve Caputo, HMS Ferries, Inc. general manager, at (253) 588-5290 to discuss which run might work best for them.

“Ferry crew and staff will work with travelers to minimize inconveniences,” Caputo said. “We can avoid damage to vehicles, ramps and the ferry by being conservative during extreme tides.”

Extreme tides are expected regularly this summer. Through Sept. 5, ferry riders in large vehicles should call ahead of time for more information and to discuss their preferred sailing.

Holiday weekends during the summer typically see increased traffic and an increase in large vehicles.

Fireworks prohibited on the ferry
Fireworks are prohibited on the ferry. Only non-aerial, non-explosive fireworks – such as sparklers – in their original packaging may be transported aboard the ferry. No fireworks of any type are allowed to be ignited on the ferry at any time.

The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. More information about the system is available at www.piercecountywa.org/ferry.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Deb Wallace, Public Works airport and ferry administrator
(360) 909-8198
deb.wallace@co.pierce.wa.us

Steve Caputo, HMS Ferries, Inc. general manager
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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Memorial Day weekend brings holiday schedule, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

The Pierce County Ferry will operate on its holiday schedule on Memorial Day, May 30.

The ferry will operate a one-boat service, instead of a two-boat service that is typically offered on holiday weekends. The M/V Steilacoom II will handle the holiday...Read on...

Posted on: April 6, 2016

Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates go into effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non-peak season rate of $18.35 to the peak season rate of $23.85, while passengers drivi...Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2016

Pierce County Ferry service expected to resume in early evening

Pierce County Ferry service is expected to resume in the early evening Feb. 29 once the M/V Christine Anderson is cleared to take over the remaining runs of the day.

Ferry service has been down since 5:45 a.m. Feb. 29 after the system’s other ferry, th...Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2016

Pierce County Ferry out of service until further notice

The Pierce County Ferry is expected to be out of service most of Feb. 29 following electrical issues on the M/V Steilacoom II.

The ferry lost steering controls on one engine as it departed Steilacoom at 5:45 a.m. for the first run of the day. The ferry...Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2015

Repair work on the Anderson Island ferry landing starts Dec. 14

Repairs will be made to the Pierce County Ferry landing on Anderson Island outside of sailing hours the week of Dec. 14.

Crews will repair damaged apron hinges and brackets between 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 5:45 a.m. Dec. 15. The apron hinges and brack...Read on...

Posted on: December 7, 2015

Pierce County ferry fares to increase in 2016

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase across all rider categories except for youth starting Jan. 1, 2016.

The increase was recommended as part of the 2015 Waterborne Transportation Study, and included in the 2016 Pierce County Budget.

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates go into effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non-peak season rate of $18.35 to the peak season rate of $23.85, while passengers drivi...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Non-peak season Pierce County Ferry fare rates go into effect Oct. 1

Non-peak season fare rates start Oct. 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates decrease from the peak season rate of $22.30 to the non-peak season rate of $17.80, while passengers...

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

Labor Day weekend brings holiday schedule, extreme tide warning for Pierce County Ferry

The Pierce County Ferry will operate on its holiday schedule on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or f...

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Posted on: June 5, 2015

Pierce County ferry’s biennial checkup to start June 12

The biennial inspection of the M/V Steilacoom II, one of Pierce County’s two ferries, will begin June 12, and is expected to be complete July 9. The county’s other ferry, the M/V Christine Anderson, will handle the full schedule.

Vigor Industrial, the ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

Draft recommendations for Pierce County Ferry System to be presented June 11

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to learn about draft recommendations developed during the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study at a June 11 public meeting on Anderson Island.
The draft recommendations include short-term and long-term str...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2015

Pierce County Ferry offers extra weekday run June 15-19

Pierce County will offer an additional weekday run departing Steilacoom at 4:45 a.m. June 15-19 to support commuters during the U.S. Open Championship.

This run was added in anticipation of increased ferry demand and traffic in Steilacoom. The run may ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2015

Extreme tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles and vehicles with low ground clearance - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – traveling to or from Anderson or Ketron islands for Memorial Day weekend should plan ahead to avoid extre...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Pierce County ferry to undergo biennial checkup

Just as doctors recommend annual physicals for their patients, the U.S. Coast Guard also insists on ferry boat inspections every two years.

One of Pierce County’s two ferries, the M/V Steilacoom II, will motor into dry dock on June 1 for its biennial i...

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Posted on: May 4, 2015

Potential alternatives for Pierce County Ferry System to be presented May 14

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to learn about potential alternatives developed as part of the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study at a May 14 public meeting on Anderson Island.

Alternatives regarding schedule changes, fare policies a...

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Posted on: April 20, 2015

Bill’s passage ensures future Pierce County ferry system funding

Pierce County officials are applauding the state legislature for passing a bill that aligns ferry system funding increases with inflation. Prior to Senate Bill 5307, revenue streams to county ferry systems were largely dependent on available state gas-tax...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Pierce County ferry peak season fare rates take effect May 1

Peak season fare rates start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Peak season runs through Sept. 30.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their fares increase from the non...

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Posted on: March 13, 2015

Pierce County Ferry riders invited to take surveys on ferry use

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to take a survey during each of their sailings on March 17, 19, 21 and 22 to share information about their trip as part of the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study.

The origin and destination survey will...

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Posted on: December 22, 2014

Pierce County Ferry fares to increase Jan. 1, 2015

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

“This is the second part of a two-step increase needed to help cover increased operational and maintenance expenses,” said Deb Wallac...

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Posted on: September 25, 2014

Non-peak season Pierce County ferry fare rates go into effect Oct. 1

Non-peak season fare rates apply starting Oct. 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates decrease from the peak season rate of $21...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Several Pierce County ferry runs canceled due to Steilacoom ferry landing work

Several Pierce County ferry runs will be canceled while construction crews make improvements to the Steilacoom ferry landing.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, Thursday, Sept. 18, Sunday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 25, the runs departing Steilacoom at 8:40 p.m.,...

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