Monday, May 11, 2009

Water-shuttle service resumes at 6 p.m., May 11

About noon today (Monday), water-shuttle service across the Hood Canal was suspended due to high winds and rough seas.

These winds could persist into the early evening, according to weather forecasts. Drivers are advised to watch the weather reports, plan ahead and consider other travel options.

Thanks for your patience.

Water shuttle service is now scheduled to resume at 6 p.m., May 11.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought the contingency plan was Port Ludlow?

Anonymous said...

so how do we get from Silverdale back to the park and ride at shine?

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Anonymous said...

I will be stuck @ Lofall later due to this. And, I am looking at the camera on Lofal and it doesn't look that rough to me!!!! What is thye plan for people thaty do not have a car on the Kitsap side???

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

The Port Ludlow option was ruled out as a possibility during bad weather because the dock currently cannot accommodate the water shuttle, and upgrading the dock so water shuttles could use it might have created fueling problems for other boaters.

A water shuttle ride between Lofall and Port Ludlow would take twice as long as well and, due to the wind and waves, would be a bumpy trip.

If you're in Silverdale, Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Kingston or Port Gamble, the transit buses will be in a holding pattern until they receive word that either A) the water shuttle is up and running and they can proceed to Lofall or B) the service is still down due to weather and they should transport riders to Shine, instead.

Anonymous said...

will there be busses to drive around through shelton if taxi service is not restored?

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Seems that the transit people were talking about Port Ludlow as "The Contingency Plan" last Tuesday. Let's get it together and talk straight. sounds like the only contingency plan is a few busses going around the canal.... Print that in bold on your web site front page.
by the way, I would venture to guess that most of us commuters woulnd't mind the "bumps" and getting home in any amount of time is better than packing together in a long bus ride.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Buses will follow the alternate route and take SR 3 south go through Shelton and then turn north onto US 101.

Anonymous said...

so where do we get on the bus to go to shine park and ride, do I need to catch the bus from silverdale to lofall and then to the port gamble park and ride

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

The bus in Silverdale should stay there until a decision is made. If service resumes, it should proceed to Lofall. If it is facing a longer delay, it should be rerouted to Shine.

Anonymous said...

please post as soon as shuttle is restored. thank you

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Count on it. My understanding is that they're discussing this now and as soon as I hear anything. I'll post it.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion there is no excuse a contingency plan was not formulated and posted BEFORE the bridge project began. The national weather service is forecasting same to worse conditions tonight, tomorrow and possibly later in the week.

jillian greenwood said...

hi joe - is there a way to share/view via link or other method an ms project or other program that can show us the milestones vs timeline so that we may be updated as to the tentative completion date? thanks

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Hello Jillian,

On www.HoodCanalBridge.com, click on "Construction Progress" on the left hand side under Project Info.

That will show you completed work and what remains to be done.

Anonymous said...

If we do have to take the bus around, how soon can we leave?

Anonymous said...

The water shuttle clearly is not working to plan -- because weather is taking it out so frequently. How many one way trips have been cancelled thus far for the water shuttle? I was stranded last week, and now I find it's cancelled again today (even though weather is sunny and calm in PT). I'm driving around, because I can get no answers on when the Bus will start transporting around and up to Park N Ride at Port Gamble.

Anonymous said...

Having spent time fishing for halibut off the Bar at Westport, (4 hours straight out into 10 foot swells and back), a 16 to 19 Knot wind for a 10 minute trip across the Hood Canal is like crossing a puddle! If riders signed releases against lawsuits in marginally windy weather, I'm sure there would be more action and less inaction on the WSDOTs part to keep these ferries running (and I'm a lightweight when it comes to motion sickness).

Anonymous said...

I just received word that a 3pm shuttle ran. How come this hasn't been updated? Are the shuttles open for service now?

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

This is incorrect. Shuttle service is suspended until at least 6 p.m. tonight, May 11. The report might have originated from someone seeing WSF testing the waters before determining the canal is still unsafe.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Weather pending, the next round of buses will depart from their Kitsap stops for Shine at 6 p.m.

If the wind subsides and canal calms sufficiently, the shuttle service will resume and buses will go to Lofall.

Anonymous said...

What is the plan for tomorrow morning if the national weather service is correct and conditions become worse overnight? I leave at 0500am to make the water taxi. I need to be at the office in Seattle by 0730am.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

No word on tomorrow morning as of yet but as soon as I hear anything definitive, I'll post the information.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

These boats typically make the trip between Seattle and Victoria, but high north or south winds on the Hood Canal are another story because the boats must cross parallel to the wind and waves, and then attempt to dock in the same, potentially dangerous conditions.

Joyce said...

Hi Joe,
Is there any way to get it on tv or radio more? I realize we aren't Seattle, but many of us do travel across the canal. Even a banner across the bottom periodically would help! Not everyone has computers.
Thanks,
Joyce

Anonymous said...

My information is that the current shut down is due to a failure of the dock on the lowfall side?

Anonymous said...

So someone over in Kitsap at 3:37 must wait there until 6:00 before they can even catch a bus back to shine??? This seems like an excessive wait to me.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

This sort of thing is up to TV and radio media to decide. They receive regular updates from us.

Anonymous said...

My information is that the ferry is cancelled due to dock damage at lowfall and should be back in operation by 6pm???

Robert W. said...

Ten days into a 6 week closure of the HCB and the WSDOT alternate transportation plan has collapsed twice because of less than gale force winds. What was the WSDOT thinking of? Anyone who has lived around South Point knows the winds we have had are not in the least bit unusual.

The poor planning for the Hood Canal water shuttle by the WSDOT is unbelievable absolutely unbelievable.

Almost as bad a the WSDOT squandering $162,000,000 on the Port Angeles graving dock fiasco.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

This damage report is also incorrect. Service will be re-evaluated at 6 p.m. strictly from a safety standpoint. If the service can run then, it will. If not, buses in Kitsap that were headed to Lofall may be rerouted to the Shine park and ride, and buses in Jefferson County that were headed for South Point may be rerouted to Port Gamble.

Anonymous said...

No white caps, no wind. Fire those boats up lets get a move on!

Anonymous said...

Joe,

Does this mean the busses will be going through Shelton to get to the park and rides on the other side if the winds don't calm down by 6PM??

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

That is correct. Buses will depart at 6 p.m. unless weather cooperates.

Anonymous said...

I'm stil waiting waiting and waiting.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Water shuttle service will resume at 6 p.m.

Anonymous said...

It's 6:00 now please give me something, I need to cedide what to do!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I was departing Port Townsend at 3:10 pm and could obtain no information from authorities (511, the 877 number, or Jefferson Transit) on when bus liners from Shine would drive around. I was simply looking for a schedule so I could meet the bus line at shine for the drive aroudn to Port Gamble P&R. I recommend getting a schedule posted at the same time you cancel the water shuttle. Knowing exactly when the bus liner will depart tells me if I need to drive around myself. The info planning and dissemination can be improved. Can we count on you guys to take action?

Mike M. said...

I find it amazing that Port Ludlow was discounted as the main stop for the ferry considering there are a lot bigger boats tied up at the marina. The fuel dock especially can accomodate large (80+) vessels. Shine to Lofall was a poor choice. Both ports are better protected with closer parking. Whomever proposed and approved this plan should be fired.

irwinj@wsdot.wa.gov said...

Port Gamble wasn't pursued due to environmental concerns. Lofall was then approved, after community input backed it as the new location for the dock in Kitsap County.

Port Ludlow and South Point were both discussed but the latter provides a more direct route -- one that doesn't go through the construction zone -- to Lofall.

In a storm like the one we had on Monday it is true that Port Ludlow offers a safe harbor for docking. The problem is that we still would have cancelled service because we wouldn't be able to use the Lofall dock.

floating about said...

It must be a logistic nightmare when the water shuttle goes down, but a few suggestions:
* Post a sign in the ferry terminal window-I would have stayed in Edmonds, gone home via Whidbey Island.
*I arrived in Kingston at 2, and arrived Shine about 7,the bus was full. When we arrived in Shine, why wasn't a connection bus waiting for us? It was choas and confusion! You knew down to the minute when we were arriving!
(via radio) Also as we turned up to shine, the sequim bus passed us..guess what?! There was someone trying to get to Sequim..a quick radio to stop that bus not even 5 min and problem solved. They were told no more buses that way, I think they found a solution, but wouldnt that have been more economical for everyone?
**Hooray for the Starliner driver that drove us!! Thanks for not waiting in Shelton!!! 5hrs was enough for me(and others too)!