Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Blows, barks and bikes

With the winds knocking through Hood Canal, sensitive internal joining operations are on hold and other work is progressing. Some of the joining work requires winds of less than 15 mph for as long as a day and a half, so when the wind blows, the work progress slows.


If you've been noticing some furry, four-legged friends joining you on the bus and water shuttle lately, it's because we've revised our pet policy. Dogs are allowed on both now, but must be well-mannered, on a leash and under control at all times. Unsafe animals will not be allowed -- and disruptive pets will be banned from using the services.

If Spot makes a "spot" on the water shuttle or transit, owners are wholly responsible for cleaning up.

Pets must ride on the outside decks on the water shuttle and owners will be asked to board first and ride in the rear of buses. If an allergic passenger is on board either a bus or water shuttle, pet owners might have to wait for the next departure.

Pet owners can also be banned if their animal is disruptive.


Bicyclists can now travel straight to water shuttle docks in Lofall and South Point but must walk their bikes in designated areas. Bike riders also must load and unload as directed by WSF and transit supervisors. On the Jefferson County side, cyclists are encouraged to continue to use the park and rides at Port Gamble and the Gateway Visitors Center.

Water shuttles can still only accommodate five bicycles per sailing. WSDOT reserves the right to revoke access at any time.


Anonymous said...

"Some of the joining work requires winds of less than 15 mph for as long as a day and a half"

If the work is this delicate, it would be great to be seeing daily posts to update us about the current weather situation at the work site, and if the work has been able to progress on a given day. Even a few miles away from the canal weather can be drastically different, so for those of us not "close" to the work, a day may seem like it is perfect for work to be done when in reality the weather on the canal is too dangerous for progress to be made.

Anonymous said...

I sure hope the weather cooperates and the overloaded buses and ferries can become a distant memory soon.
It is very frustrating traveling almost 2 hrs. for a 20 minute commute.
It would be nice if we could ask to leave the bus at hwy 104 and Southpoint road. At least it would make life a tiny bit more convenient.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Having the weather cooperate for the remainder of the project would be great for construction and travelers.

The problem with the bus stop at SR 104 and South Point Road, though, is lack of parking.

We're getting there, just a few more weeks.

Anonymous said...

I know this might be a bit after the fact, but why is there not a water shuttle at 5:00am?
The 5:30 shuttle buses are full.
At least durring the week.

Anonymous said...

there is plenty of shoulder for drop off or pick up. Some people live right there~~

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

I asked about the 5 a.m. water shuttle, too, because we've had a few questions about it.

The best answer I've gotten -- which is pretty straight forwardm too -- is that it isn't needed because ridership counts don't support it.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Our second comment asked whether we could add a stop closer to SR 104 off South Point Road. Initially, I hadn't heard that this was an option.

Well, the good folks at Jefferson Transit have added a stop at the fire station near the intersection of SR 104 and South Point Road. How's that for customer service? Ask and you shall receive.

Thanks Jefferson Transit.