Every day Triad employees are challenged to accommodate the economic demands of a growing Seattle-area while protecting the environment and our quality of life. This reality was particularly evident when Triad worked on a project to bring back fast, passenger-only ferries to the Bremerton/Seattle crossing.
Over 30 years ago, high-speed, passenger-only ferries were used to cut in half the hour-long crossing time between Bremerton and Seattle, but ferry wakes took a toll on the shoreline and sea life in the confined waterways of Rich Passage. When the ferries slowed down to protect the beaches, crossing times increased, the ferry system lost passengers and funding, and the passenger-only run was abandoned.
However, the demand for a 30-minute ferry commute to and from Seattle didn’t go away, and in 2003, the state began looking for ways to move people faster between the two communities and protect sensitive beaches along the route. An extensive research project, started by the Washington State Ferry System and later turned over to Kitsap Transit, brought together shoreline residents, scientists, boat designers, engineers, biologists, and surveyors.