It won’t be simple though. Most of us have a routine we follow five days a week, wake at 5:45, feed the kids, the pets, shower, scarf down some breakfast while taking the kids to school and then it’s off to an eight-hour stretch at work.
When the bridge closes and if you plan on taking the water shuttle/transit option as opposed to the much longer US 101 route, you should definitely know the facts because your routine will change – dramatically. Schedules for the water shuttle and connecting transit services can be found at http://www.hoodcanalbridge.com/.
The old bus commuter adage, “If you’re late, you wait” will still hold true. I have yet to have a missed ferry turn around to get me on the trip between Bainbridge Island and Seattle – not that I haven’t tried.
That said, here's what you need to know:
- The water shuttle is primarily a commuter service, and meant to save people who must get to and from work five days a week the time and expense of driving around.
- The water shuttle won’t be a delivery service. The water shuttle won't be used as to haul packages and dollies to businesses on the Olympic Peninsula.
- If you need a bag, pack light. Passenger luggage will be limited to carry-on items.
- Only service animals and those in pet carriers will be allowed on the water shuttle and buses.
- The water shuttle will only take five bikes at a time and transit can only accommodate three bikes per trip.
- For safety reasons, bicyclists won't be allowed to bike to and from the water shuttle docks. Cyclists in Jefferson County won't be allowed to bike to the park and ride at Shine Pit -- and will instead board a bus at the Gateway Visitors Center. In Kitsap County, bikers can ride to the Port Gamble park and ride and catch a bus to the water shuttle dock from there.
- It's recommended that you wear comfortable shoes with good traction to board the water shuttles.
So what other questions do you have about this service?