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  • Washington State Ferries gets $4.8M for six aging vessels

    Beacon Staff, Mukilteo Beacon|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $4.8 million to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to refurbish aging passenger spaces on six Issaquah-class ferries. The grant will pay for upgrades on all six of WSF’s Issaquah Class Vessels, originally constructed between 1979 and 1982 and currently serving travelers in Mukilteo, Fauntleroy, Vashon, Southworth, Clinton, Anacortes, and the San Juan Islands. Funds came from the FTA’s 2023 Ferry Programs Grants, which was reauthorized in the Bip...

  • Ferry proposal: Increase fares over next 2 years

    Beacon Staff, Mukilteo Beaon|Updated Jul 20, 2023

    The Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing to increase ferry fares over the next two years to meet revenue requirements set by the state Legislature. Ferry riders and members of the public are invited to weigh in and can submit their comments through July 30. The proposed fare changes come after public input gathered through recent community meetings hosted by Washington State Ferries and an online survey hosted by the commission. The proposed fare increase...

  • Alaska Airlines adds nonstop Honolulu flights from Paine Field

    Beacon Staff, Mukilteo Beacon|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Alaska Airlines is adding new nonstop service between Paine Field and Honolulu starting this fall – its first flight connecting Snohomish County and the Hawaiian Islands. The daily, year-round flight begins on Nov. 17, ahead of the holiday season. "Alaska Airlines continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing more convenient, direct routes for both business and leisure passengers from Seattle's second airport," said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller, which operates t...

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