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Des Moines launching new ‘fast ferry’ to Seattle

The ferry departs Des Moines Marina and lands at Bell Harbor Marina in Seattle. It’s currently a two-month pilot program to see how it will work for the city.

DES MOINES, Wash. — Beginning August 10, there will be a new way to get from Des Moines to Seattle without the freeways or traffic.

The new fast ferry departs Des Moines Marina four times a day, Wednesday through Sunday.

The ferry departs Des Moines Marina at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. Southbound trips leave Seattle at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM.

It’s currently just a two-month pilot program to see how it will work for the city.

“They know there’s something special about the sound and the opportunity to be on the water,” said Des Moines City Manager Michael Mattias.

For years, Mattias has been part of the team working on the plan to bring a passenger ferry to Des Moines.

That’s according to a demand study by the city, which showed interest in an alternative way to travel to and from Seattle.

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“To offer people the opportunity to come here, experience the marina and all the positives that come from connecting with the Puget Sound and traveling,” said Mattias. “This also plays a role in our strategy for multimodal transport.”

The passenger ferry departs from Des Moines Marina and ends at Bell Harbor Marina, right in downtown Seattle.

The journey takes 40 minutes and costs $10 each way.

The program begins on August 10th and ends on October 9th.

It is operated by the city and will cost about $500,000 for two months of operation.

“We do it ourselves; we don’t use other people’s money,” Mattias said. “It’s a decision by our City Council, which tends to be very prescient about the future of this city, has given us a chance to spend the money to see what the results are. We kind of throw the net in the water and see what we get back. Everyone says, ‘Great idea’, okay, the proof is in the pudding, right?”

Harbor Master Scott Wilkins is looking forward to more people visiting his hometown.

“Bringing these people in here to show what Des Moines has … it’s going to bring light to our city,” Wilkins said.

He and Mattias hope the ferry will stay here.

“I hope we honestly get the positive feedback from all the drivers at both ends, the people who come here from Seattle and enjoy our city and everything it has to offer,” said Wilkins.

“We’re very aware of our relationship with sound and it’s something we’re really excited about that people can come and enjoy and see that aspect of life in our region,” said Matthias.

The city works with the Highline School District to offer paid internships for students.

These students help operate the ferry.

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