Kingston WA port: 5 more months for foot ferry

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KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) -- Port of Kingston, Wash., commissioners have voted to give the lightly used Kingston-Seattle foot ferry just five more months to prove itself.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Commissioners Pete DeBoer and Walt Elliott voted Monday night to keep operating the SoundRunner service through September, then consider running it just April 1 through Sept. 30. Commissioner Marc Bissonnette voted to shut it down as of May 1.

The service has attracted far fewer passengers than the Port of Kingston expected when the service started in October 2010. The newspaper reports the service is losing about $52,000 a month.

About 20 people typically take the $5 ferry ride from Kingston to Seattle in the morning and about 30 take it from Seattle to Kingston in the evening.

A state ferry also operates out of Kingston, connecting the Kitsap Peninsula to Edmonds.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/