By Patty Rubstello, assistant secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division
When we unexpectedly lose one of our largest ferries (Puyallup, Tacoma and Wenatchee), there are cascading effects across our system.
With Wenatchee out of service for several months due to a recent fire and continuing pandemic-related vessel crewing challenges for quarantines and vaccinations, we were forced to make some difficult decisions affecting service on the following routes:
We are still planning to go to our “peak season” sailing schedule starting Sunday, May 9, on our Anacortes/San Juan Islands route, where timetables will be like previous summer schedules without a fifth vessel that mainly served Sidney, British Columbia. View the schedule here.
Seattle/Bainbridge: Smaller 188-vehicle Walla Walla, 144-vehicle Kaleetan or 124-vehicle Issaquah on route through at least July 25. Temporarily operating out of Slip 3 at Colman Dock starting Thursday, May 13, for about seven weeks.
Seattle/Bremerton: Slower and smaller 64-vehicle Salish on route starting Thursday, May 13, requiring a schedule adjustment that eliminates an early afternoon round trip until at least June 27. Temporarily operating out of Slip 1 at Colman Dock starting Thursday, May 13, for about seven weeks.
Mukilteo/Clinton: Smaller 124-vehicle Kittitas or Chelan on route for most of summer. Read More »