Draft schedule revision for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route goes public

Above and here (PDF), you can see the proposed new schedule for the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route of Washington State Ferries. WSF has just released the draft for public comment, a week before starting a round of community meetings about the proposal. The accompanying message, via WSF spokesperson Hadley Rodero:

Over the past two years, WSF has engaged in a robust community process and has worked with the Triangle Task Force, local FACs, and the public to develop a draft schedule that considers customers’ needs and priorities. The result of these efforts is a draft sailing schedule that focuses on the afternoon peak commute westbound from Fauntleroy and adjusts eastbound sailing times in the morning from Southworth to better serve commuters. The draft schedule also aims to provide reliability, increase capacity, and regularly fill all sailings when a third 124-car Issaquah Class vessel begins serving the route.

In response to feedback from community members, King County Metro and Kitsap Transit staff, and WSF vessel and terminal employees on the timing of a schedule change, the new schedule will be implemented on March 31, 2019 at the beginning of the spring schedule. This will allow our transit partners to better align their schedules with ours and it will allow us to start the new schedule before the busy summer season.

We hope to hear from you or see you at a public meeting!

The first meeting is at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) one week from tomorrow – 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, October 23rd. You also can comment via e-mail – WSFPlanning@wsdot.wa.gov – deadline November 9th. It’s been two months since the Triangle Task Force got a look at two draft-schedule options (WSB coverage here). That group isn’t scheduled to meet again until next month, and will get a look at the feedback that’s starting now with the release of this proposal.

15 Replies to "Draft schedule revision for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route goes public"

  • eigenwijs October 15, 2018 (4:02 pm)

    Are there only proposed changes for the weekday sailing schedule? Or will the weekend schedule change as well?

    • John October 15, 2018 (4:13 pm)

      I have the same question.
      This isn’t nearly as dramatic of changes as I was expecting…unless I’m missing something.

  • MrB October 15, 2018 (5:06 pm)

    Why don’t they just have a small barge-ferry run cars between Vashon and Southworth? Then the larger Ferry’s could concentrate on cross-sound runs. The whole triangle system never made sense to me.

  • Rick October 15, 2018 (5:57 pm)

    A bridge makes more sense.

    • Jethro Marx October 15, 2018 (8:43 pm)

      A bridge would be interesting, but I cannot be the only one who would boycott any bridge to Vashon until they return our geese.

      • NotInHolden October 15, 2018 (10:07 pm)

        Omg I’m dying!!!!!

      • mok4315 October 15, 2018 (10:42 pm)

        Let’s make shirts.

      • Rick October 16, 2018 (6:57 am)

        If I got you a gaggle of geese would we be good to go?

    • Jort October 16, 2018 (12:54 am)

      1) a bridge would be ASTRONOMICALLY expensive.
      2) the residents of Vashon Island would just as soon blow up their own island with a nuclear bomb before a bridge would allow the accursed mainlanders such easy access to island property.

    • Sean Featherstone October 16, 2018 (5:00 pm)

      Yes. I live on the island and I want a bridge. Just because a percentage of the population out here hates it is simply no reason not to do it. It’s inevitable so let’s get started.

  • D. Robertson October 16, 2018 (1:46 am)

    Yup, the bridge would be the correct revision to make.

  • Tuffy October 16, 2018 (10:21 am)

    A bridge was proposed many year’s ago. Can’t remember if it was cost or island pushback that stopped it.

  • Ivan Weiss October 16, 2018 (3:21 pm)

    Why do people keep bringing this up? The Port of Tacoma was never going to allow a bridge.

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