The Research Service
The Rich Passage 1 Seattle-Bremerton test ferry service operated from June 25, 2012 through November 2, 2012. It was the last step in a project to determine the environmental viability of operating high-speed ferries through Rich Passage. The test measured the shoreline response to field operations. Passengers were carried during the test to simulate, as closely as possible, a regular high-speed ferry service.
During the test, data was collected to measure wakes, waves and water levels at multiple locations in sensitive areas along the ferry route. Shoreline data was collected through geo-referenced beach photos, observations, extensive beach profile surveys, direct measurement of gravel transport and ground-based laser scanning surveys.
A reservation system, the schedule, bicycle and passenger loading configuration, fares and fare collection systems were also being evaluated during the wake research service run.
The research team will be analyzing data over the winter and expects to issue the report on the beach response to the test service in the spring of 2013.
Click here to learn more about the research.
Stay tuned for a report on the test service research. The report will be included on this page once it is available.
November 2, 2012
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