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Category: Ketron Island

June
27th

Low tides could affect Pierce Count ferry runs for large vehicles

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles should plan ahead for low tides from Tuesday through July 11.

Load restrictions will be in place on some ferry runs, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing.

The restrictions affect large vehicles, such as RV’s, commercial trucks or a vehicle towing a trailer, according to the Pierce County Ferry System.

It provides service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Ticket agents and ferry crews will be checking large vehicles and those towing trailers for sailings affected by low tides.

For information on which ferry

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May
20th

Low tides could affect Pierce County ferry service

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles are being urged to plan ahead for low tides, which could affect service and result in load limits.

Restrictions could be put in place at various times from Wednesday to May 29.

Here’s the county’s news release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2013

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service May 22-29

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles – such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer – should plan ahead to avoid low tides from May 22-29. Load restrictions will be in place

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April
26th

Peak-season changes for Pierce County ferries to start Wednesday

The peak-season schedule and fares for Pierce County ferries will go into effect Wednesday.

A variety of fares will increase. And there will be several schedule changes. The county’s ferry system operates service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Here’s Pierce County’s news release:

Peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule start May 1

Peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to fare rates and the schedule. Peak season runs May 1 to September 30.

Fare rates

Peak season fares start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a

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Dec.
19th

Pierce County making changes to ferry schedule

A number of changes to Pierce County’s ferry schedule will take effect Jan. 1 for service between Steilacoom and Ketron Island and Anderson Island.

Here’s the news release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 19, 2012

Pierce County Ferry schedule to change in 2013

A variety of changes to the Pierce County Ferry sailing schedule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

A total of seven service changes were made using input from the community. The changes include new runs, shifted run times, canceled runs, and changes to Ketron Island service.

“We made these changes to meet the needs

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Nov.
1st

County mulling ferry schedule changes

Pierce County is soliciting public feedback as it mulls whether to adjust next year the schedule of its ferry service between Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron islands.

A final community meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Anderson Island Community Clubhouse, 11319 Yoman Road. Residents who can’t attend can submit written comments here

County staff as well as the Pierce County Ferry Committee — made up of volunteers from the town and islands — developed the options for schedule changes.

Officials say the goal is to alter the schedule to better meet the needs

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Dec.
22nd

Riders loving new ferry technology

Pierce County says technology is helping the Steilacoom-Anderson Island ferry (shown above in September) operate safer and more efficiently. News Tribune file photo/Joe Barrentine
Pierce County says technology is helping the Steilacoom-Anderson Island ferry (shown above in September) operate safer and more efficiently. News Tribune file photo/Joe Barrentine

With the click of a mouse, Web surfers can find where in Puget Sound the MV Christine Anderson is sailing.

An up-to-the-minute map on Pierce County’s Web site also tells visitors which direction the ferry is traveling, as well as its estimated arrival and departure times.

The Web feature is the latest upgrade in a package of improvements that Pierce County has made to its ferry system over the last few months.

The goal: increased safety and efficiency.
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