Traveling to or from Vashon? New cameras for ferry users

Just announced by Washington State Ferries — it’s just added frequently updated traffic cameras for the area around the main Vashon ferry terminal run. See them here (second row), and read the full announcement ahead:

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division is pleased to announce the installation of four new traffic cameras on the north end of Vashon Island near the ferry terminal. The cameras went live on Thursday, Oct. 9, providing real-time information for travelers using the Vashon Island ferry terminal.

The camera feeds are updated every five minutes, giving Vashon Island residents and visitors an accurate snapshot of current conditions at the ferry terminal before deciding which sailing to take. Customer service agents can also view the camera feeds, allowing them to better inform customers of backups at the terminal. The new cameras complement two existing cameras located on the south end of the island at the Tahlequah terminal. They can be viewed online at:

WSDOT installed the cameras in response to requests from Vashon Island residents who wanted to be able to see long how ferry lines were before leaving home. At public meetings earlier this year, Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond and Ferries Division Assistant Secretary David Moseley committed to installing the cameras.

“These cameras are a great tool for our customers on Vashon Island who can now better plan their trips to and from the island,” Moseley said. “I am pleased that we were able to respond to this request.”

Installation of traffic cameras on Vashon Island is part of a larger effort to bring traffic cameras to all ferry system terminals. Up next is Port Townsend, where new cameras will be online soon. In addition to Vashon Island, traffic cameras are currently installed at the Fautleroy, Southworth, Bainbridge, Anacortes, Kingston, Edmonds, Mukilteo, and Clinton ferry terminals.

P.S. If you follow the link and you notice only three cameras up – we checked with Shawn Devine, who sent the WSF announcement; Devine says the fourth should be back online soon.

3 Replies to "Traveling to or from Vashon? New cameras for ferry users"

  • mcrosby October 14, 2008 (11:22 am)

    This is great! Now if we can just get WSF to fix the Tahlequah camera installation.

    Pointing at a sign that never changes doesn’t do much good. I think they must have accidentally installed the camera pointing 180 degrees in the wrong direction. Rather than remount the camera so that it points back towards the line of waiting cars, they chose to just label the feed as “Sign” — as if this was done on purpose.

  • WSB October 14, 2008 (11:25 am)

    I’ll ping them to ask.

  • miws October 14, 2008 (5:37 pm)

    Well, it is a rather fascinating sign….. :P



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