The news in brief Aug. 1 – 8

A Water Taxi service update, a chance to comment on the ferry fare increase, and more.

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 11:50am
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Water Taxi out next week

From Monday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 11, for all scheduled sailings, King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry service will be temporarily suspended while staff make final preparations needed to shift service from the temporary terminal at Pier 52 to the new passenger-only terminal at Pier 50. Service is anticipated to resume Monday, Aug. 12. More information about the King County Water Taxi can be found online at

WSF fares increasing

The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold a final hearing on proposed fare increases from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Board Room, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle. Public comment will be taken, and the commission is expected to vote on the final fare and policy changes at this hearing.

Filing window to open for hospital district

Islanders who plan to run as commissioners for the proposed public hospital district need to file with King County Elections between Wednesday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 9, for one of the five positions. People with questions about that process should contact the clerk’s office at or 206-477-1020.

Picnics in the Park continue

The Vashon Community Food Bank’s Picnics in the Park program, now in its sixth year, will continue from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Ober Park through the month of August. The program provides free nutritious lunches and volunteer-led activities for all island children and youth to make sure that children who qualified for free and reduced lunches from the school district continue to have access to healthy food all summer.

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