PT-Seattle foot ferry planned

A new passenger-only ferry route between Port Townsend and Seattle could reduce the number of tourists passing through Whidbey Island en route between the two cities.

The ferry, which would be operated by the Port of Port Townsend, could be in operation as soon as next spring. Current plans call for three round trips a day on weekdays, with an extra round trip on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The fare prices in the plan are $45 for round-trip and $25 for one-way tickets.

The new route also would make it easier for people to commute from Port Townsend to jobs in Seattle.

Commuter passes would be available in books of 40 one-way passes.

The port hopes to create opportunities for businesses to work with the new ferry service to create packages for destination travelers.

Funding for the ferry route comes from a $1.3 million federal Department of Transportation grant received by the Port of Port Townsend.


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