‘The ferry crisis hurts right now’: Vashon Island residents propose ways to ease the pain

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Until a few years ago, Washington State Ferries service was reliable, dependable, fully filling its role as part of the state highway system.

Now, WSF sails in turbulent waters daily – with shortages of boats and workers, cancelling sailings and/or falling behind schedule. On the other side of a 15-minute rain from West Seattle, ferry-dependent Vashon Island is suffering in a big way, since the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route has been hit especially hard. It’s long been down to two boats when it’s supposed to have three, and sometimes reduced to one by vessel breakdowns or crew unavailability. Delays happen daily. There’s a shorter route – Point Defiance-Tahlequah – between south Vashon and the Tacoma area, but its one-boat baseline service is not immune to trouble.

This is affecting lives and livelihoods, say island residents – with health, business, educational, and other impacts – and a group has convened to do more than complain and despair. They’ve come up with a list of more than 50 actions that they say could help, and group reps sailed over to West Seattle on Monday to announce their recommendations in the form of a “community report.”

This isn’t just a to-do list for the ferry system. The group, Islanders for Ferry Action, says, “We stand ready to partner with any agency that will help implement the solutions we have documented in this report.” (Read it here.) Some of the recommendations are actions that could be taken by community members. Others would have to be taken on by other agencies or organizations. The islanders know it’ll be years before WSF’s fleet and workforce are back to past numbers, so they’ve worked to suggest actions they believe would make an immediate difference.

One big suggestion: Expand King County Water Taxi service, which is currently a commute-time-only, weekday-only service for Vashon. Get Kitsap and Pierce Counties to provide passenger ferries to Vashon. Also: “Provide adaptive Metro bus service that is responsive to delayed sailings,” with a “separate, ferry-coordinated shuttle … to the town core.” And WSF is urged to “provide more quality, real-time, and focused information about delays and or cancellations in sailings.”

Of particular West Seattle interest, they also suggest some street-level changes on the Fauntleroy side: “Ban parking on Fauntleroy Way and tow violators.” Also, “Provide overnight parking options in Fauntleroy to offer alternatives for commuters to walk on during decreased boat service and at peak hours.” The proposals also include fast implementation of a few items that are under consideration as part of the Fauntleroy dock rebuild at decade’s end: A stoplight by the dock, and automated ticketing such as Good To Go.

One matter of potential life and death is the ferries’ role in getting island residents to and from the mainland for health care, both urgent and scheduled, as well as assuring there is health care on the island. Among the recommendations there, “expand the qualifications for and public awareness of medical-priority loading” and “adopt the pandemic-era concept of essential worker status for health-care providers to improve on-island medical-care capacity.”

The ferries’ role as a floating school bus of sorts for mainlanders traveling to and from Vashon schools, and vice versa, led to recommendations too. A parent who was part of the announcement explained how the ferry unreliability has affected her family:

The recommendations in this area included “develop a commuter parent network or system that provides regular communication and resource options for parents and students” as well as improved options for where students can wait if boats are cancelled or significantly delayed.

Vashon businesses are affected in myriad ways – losing customers, losing staff, if people can’t reliably get onto and off the island. We talked with Cheryl Lubbert, who owns an orchard and grows fruit to produce beverages:

Businesses’ employees, customers, and vendors all lose time and money too. The businesses would most like to see WSF “prioritize reliability” by figuring out how to reduce last-minute boat cancellations and focusing on “crew recruitment and retention measures.”

To go with the report and recommendations, they’ve gathered more than 2,000 petition signatures. Wendy Aman, a member of the WSF-convened Ferry Advisory Committee for Vashon, says the problem can’t be allowed to worsen:

Most of all, for starters, they want wider awareness that the the ferry system’s problems are crisis-level, both for the system and for their community. And with that, action, as requested in their announcement: “We now ask for immediate solutions from WSF, the Legislature, the Governor, King County, and all other supporting agencies. We acknowledge funds have been allocated to build new ferries and train new captains, mates, and engineers. But that relief will take years. We do not have years. The ferry crisis hurts right now.”

67 Replies to "'The ferry crisis hurts right now': Vashon Island residents propose ways to ease the pain"

  • 1994 November 22, 2023 (11:36 pm)

    Maybe the tribes will add some leverage to the cause once the Seattle Indian Health Board opens their 92 bed treatment center in the next 18-24 months. 

  • Rockatansky November 22, 2023 (11:38 pm)

      I depended on the WSF system for  decades and can deeply appreciate how reliable it was. However Isn’t the solution obvious at this point ?

    • Jen November 23, 2023 (4:42 am)

      I am interested to hear what the obvious solution is! I have family on the Island and I’m not sure I know the answer. Please share?

      • Yeah November 23, 2023 (2:48 pm)

        The obvious solution is a bridge, but they don’t want one.

        • Faye Mac November 29, 2023 (2:30 pm)

          A bridge to where? Tacoma? Southworth? Bainbridge Island has a bridge to the west, but it does us little good when we need to get to Seattle for work, medical care or recreation, and can’t spend hours commuting.

      • Rockatansky November 28, 2023 (10:28 am)

         Sorry, I didn’t see this earlier.  Just let the experienced crew that was fired due to the mandate back.  It takes years to get the hours for the marine vessel certifications necessary to be an engineer. If you want it solved even quicker give them back pay and an apology.  This is the ripple effect from firing the most trained competent staff, I thought it was obvious. I apologize if it wasn’t. 

    • Brian November 23, 2023 (8:37 am)

      I presume you’re alluding to increased funding and a better labor contract for the WSF employees that guarantees better pay and benefits?

      • Anne November 23, 2023 (9:28 am)

        Thank you for stating this. Increased funding for maintenance-new ferries is crucial- but so is better pay/benefits for existing employees & to attract more applicants. These are critical- folks need to be vocal in their support. One can’t just snap their fingers & new boats appear & WSF are fully staffed. 

      • Rockatansky November 28, 2023 (10:39 am)

           I’m alluding to the loss of the most experienced engineers being terminated. They already were under contract at near the top or at the top of the pay scale. They worked long odd hours in dirty, cramped and very noisy conditions to get their marine vessel certifications. They can simply take their M/V certs and work anywhere.  We had experienced crew we let go, this is the ripple effect, hiring them back is the obvious fix. It wouldn’t hurt to apologize to them either. 

  • WarOnCars November 23, 2023 (4:28 am)

    How are there 50 ideas proposed and none of them include increasing the ferry ticket price for cars? 90% (or more) of the ferry capacity is taken up by cars. All the un/loading delays are due to the vast amount of cars. Make walking on free. De-incentivize taking your car on the ferry; because if you make it easier with any of those changes you will induce demand and be right back in our current overloaded state. Then improve transit connections to and from, and then you’ll have a more efficient and effective system. Who knows: a reduction in car traffic could bring in more applicants to alleviate the staffing shortage since you’d be huffing less engine exhaust all day.

    • my two cents November 23, 2023 (11:11 am)

      This isn’t a textbook scenario of supply and demand. The government (lower g) provides infrastructure for the citizens. A baseline/standard/norm has been established for service levels and subsequent funding. While ‘supply’ is being limited/constricted, the ‘demand’ has maintained (unless you can cite a sudden growth of demand). With a defined (and from an economic market perspective, tiny) population/area the ability to drive meaningful change from a fare increase that will drive the ‘supply’ factors.  

      • WarOnCars November 23, 2023 (12:58 pm)

        Google “induced demand” then get back to me. Bringing a whole lot of economic info that relates to the sale of goods to a transportation argument…

    • wsEthicist November 23, 2023 (8:05 pm)


      While I acknowledge island residents naturally became accustomed to the previous status quo, their 10,000 population low density suburban living doesn’t seem sustainable. State residents shouldn’t be subsidizing transportation to an island with poor land use and planning, yet fares only pay for 57% of ferry operations with state taxes covering the rest.

      What the Vashon Chamber of Commerce and Islanders for Ferry Action (IFA) ought to propose is the upzoning of land for higher population density and affordable housing so less commuting off-island is needed. With a higher population and tax base more services can be provided locally, opening ferry bandwidth. KC Metro could justify expanded island bus service with more riders.

      • Ivan Weiss November 24, 2023 (8:21 am)

        Apparently WSethicist is unaware that Vashon sits over a sole-source aquifer, and that availability of potable water has limited development on the island, and will continue to do so. So there will be no “density” on Vashon, sorry. There isn’t enough water to support it.

        As for the comment that “fares pay for only 57 percent of ferry operations,” apparently WSethicist is unaware that this has been for years, and probably will continue to be, the single highest-percentage user subsidization of any transportation mode in the state.

        Apparently WSethicist is likewise unaware that by statute, the ferry system is an integral part of the state highway system. The same tax dollars that support road construction and maintenance of state highways also support the ferry system.

        The “poor land use and planning” referred to is strictly a function of King County government. WSethicist apparently is unaware that Vashon is unincorporated, and has no “home rule” whatever.

        We Vashon residents have had to deal with this level of uninformed misinformation for years now. I hope this helps set the record straight.

        • wsEthicist November 24, 2023 (11:22 am)

          Thanks for the clarifications, Ivan. The island has resisted the construction of a fixed bridge to preserve its relative isolation and rural character, which could have included piped water.

          While we continue to heavily subsidized automotive transport, going forward we should focus on livable communities not involving most trips via car. I did, however, take the ferry to Vashon today, as the single occupant in my vehicle. I noticed 90% of other vehicles were the same. I would have walked or cycled on if the island had better public transport or biking infrastructure. 

          The IFA is stating they will partner with any agency, so they could work with the county to move limited funds from infrastructure for suburban sprawl to housing with efficient water usage, and reconsider the 30% of water currently being used for agriculture. I am not informed of the financial benefit the island farms provide, but since water is a limited resource it might be better to allocate elsewhere.

          Otherwise I really enjoy Vashon and Maury Islands, it has been a year since my last visit. I’d definitely come over more often if it was more convenient without driving. I’d even consider moving over here if the downtown became more vibrant through urban density. Thanks again for your comment. 

          • Ivan Weiss November 24, 2023 (12:56 pm)

            “The island has resisted the construction of a fixed bridge” is the truth, and nothing but the truth, but it is far from the whole truth. The whole truth is that the Port of Tacoma, backed up by the U.S. Coast Guard, has given a total and final “thumbs down” to any fixed bridge, either from Vashon to Seattle or from Vashon to Kitsap, as a potential hazard to barge and container ship navigation. Cargo carriers use both the eastern and western sides of the island as approaches to Tacoma, and as holding areas when the Tacoma terminals are fully occupied. The density fantasies of urbanists will never muster the influence to combat that.

        • TMQ November 24, 2023 (5:52 pm)

          Sorry but there is plenty of water for a more dense population on the island. Water district 19 has just taken it upon themselves to control the population growth of the island.

          • Bob November 24, 2023 (7:19 pm)

            Water district 19 provides water only for a tiny fraction of land on the island. The WA department of ecology has established the carrying limits for water use on the island, and those limits have defined the zoning for the entire island.

    • wsEthicist November 23, 2023 (10:49 pm)

      Taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing the ferries so 10,000 people can live on a low population density car centric island. The Islanders for Ferry Action calls out “Workers commuting to and from Vashon miss work,” but they aren’t proposing to upzone to allow for more population density and affordable housing. Instead they want tax reductions and grants.

    • Jay November 23, 2023 (10:55 pm)

      Yeah, based on current pricing walk-ons and cyclists HEAVILY subsidize drivers. The price difference between a bike and a single occupancy car is too small.

      • bill November 24, 2023 (8:44 am)

        Jay — Indeed. I have made this point repeatedly in the ferry system’s surveys.

  • Heather S. November 23, 2023 (5:41 am)

    You choose to live on an island and that is part of what you must deal with. Do not reduce parking on the street to allow island residents to park and walk, why should those that live in the West Seattle community give up their space for island residents to park all night and day?  And also take away parking for park users.  Maybe some island residents can take jobs with WSF to help the understaffing. Or raise taxes on the island resident to help pay for their needs.  Or team up with a private vendor to get an additional boat to partner with WSF for islanders needs. 

    • KM November 23, 2023 (9:48 am)

      The street parking issues affects us all, not just those living on Vashon. Parking absolutely should be removed along Fauntleroy Way at Lincoln Park. It’s not just a ferry rider issue, it’s a road safety issue.

    • my two cents November 23, 2023 (10:56 am)

      You choose to live on an island and that is part of what you must deal with.”  You are RIGHT – I elected to live in West Seattle because of the more ‘island’ nature contrasted with living in the midst of Ballard … and when that bridge had to be repaired a couple of years ago, I said “Hey, I’m good with adding 90 minutes minimum to my commute … I’m good with all of the impacts and inconveniences” … because I chose to live on a peninsula with limited travel options. 

      • Jethro Marx November 23, 2023 (12:50 pm)

        I think you’re trying for sarcasm or satire, where what you’re saying is so ridiculous no one could actually feel that way, but this is pretty close to how many mature and practical West Seattle residents dealt with the high bridge going out of service temporarily. Of course no one was “good” with it, but sometimes unfortunate and unforeseen situations happen in life, and I will not believe (or teach my children) that’s it’s always someone else’s fault and we should demand rolling heads.

        I appreciate this group of Vashonders is looking for solutions but they ought to acknowledge the easily foreseeable complications when you choose an island home but do not own a boat. 

        p.s. give us back our geese, then we’ll make Fauntleroy no parking

    • WhySoCruel November 23, 2023 (4:44 pm)

      I don’t get this cruel, rude take at all? People choose to live on an island with the understanding they’ll have reliable ways to cross. Why not have a little compassion and be a little less heartless 🤷🏻‍♀️

      • James November 23, 2023 (8:42 pm)

        Whoever sold or rented the home to said people had no way of guaranteeing that there would be reliable ways to cross.Suburbs shouldn’t get all the subsidies they get. If people want to live on an island with the quality of life of the city, they should be paying through the roof for it, rather than expecting the city to pay for their lifestyle choices.

  • drM November 23, 2023 (6:52 am)

    Finally time to build that bridge from Vashon to Fauntleroy???   :-)

    • PDiddy November 23, 2023 (6:09 pm)

      Um no way. Im tired of the traffic from Vashon. They disproportionally affect west seattle. If anything make the route go to downtown and free up west seattle from them.

    • Bridgebuilder November 23, 2023 (9:51 pm)

      Why not build a bridge?  We have a pretty serious housing crisis in King County. Remove the ferry constraint and more humans could enjoy living on Vashon.  

      • Mary Woodring November 24, 2023 (7:20 am)

        The water supply on Vashon is limited. A lot of density won’t work here because of that. 

        • TMQ November 24, 2023 (5:59 pm)

          Only limited because of the water districts refusal to release more water shares. They have taken it upon themselves to dictate what if any growth will happen 

          • Ivan Weiss November 24, 2023 (8:26 pm)

            This is incorrect. As Bob has pointed out to you above, Water District 19 is only one of several water systems on the island, all with different carrying capacities, and it serves only a small part of the total area. It is in no position to “dictate” growth, even if it wanted to. 

  • Eddie November 23, 2023 (7:09 am)

    Build a bridge across Colvos passage and drop the ferries entirely.

  • Lucy November 23, 2023 (7:14 am)

    My family had very deep roots on Vashon until my mother died and my father sold the family cabin in the 90s.  Vashon is very different now.  It is extremely affluent and the less than 20 year residents far outnumber the more than 20 year residents.  People know they are moving to an island, yet they expect freeway like service from the ferry system.  It doesn’t work that way.  I think a decrease in the reliability of the car ferries should be a springboard to people choosing alternative, greener transportation like the Water Taxi.  

    • my two cents November 23, 2023 (11:04 am)

      Same can be said for Seattle. You cite a sale 30 years ago – check the average house price then compared to now.  Also, if you have lived on Vashon for 20+ years, do you have special status that allows you a higher level of service?

  • Brian November 23, 2023 (7:41 am)

    10000% agree about banning parking on Fauntleroy and towing violators. Get that entire lane dedicated to ferry traffic please. 

    • Mike November 23, 2023 (11:53 am)

      Wow! How would you feel about a proposal which involved eliminating parking adjacent to a public park in your neighborhood, for the sole convenience of commuters traveling to a different neighborhood?Unless I’m not seeing something obvious, that idea seems like pure selfishness?

      • KM November 23, 2023 (6:54 pm)

        There is a TON of underused parking on the east side of Fauntleroy, not to mention the lots are rarely full. Side street parking is available too. It’s not selfish, as the roads belong to us all, not the neighbors nearby (despite claims otherwise–you can park in front of someone’s house on a public roadway!)

      • Brian November 23, 2023 (7:10 pm)

        Your comment presumes I don’t live in this neighborhood already and I do. The parking needs to go. 

        • Steve November 23, 2023 (8:08 pm)

          If there is no parking on the West side of Fauntleroy is there going to be more boats and crew suddenly? Unlikely. If the idea is too remove cars then beginning on the Vashon side would be a better step. More ridesharing or build parking near the ferry dock on Vashon.

        • James November 23, 2023 (8:31 pm)

          They will instead complain that locals are keeping non-locals out.There’s no winning against the pro-car lobby.It’d be nicer to see the current parking be turned into more park

  • bill November 23, 2023 (10:12 am)

    Regrettable to see several unsympathetic comments. I guess the memory of losing the high bridge has faded for many. [How do you insert a paragraph break? I would love to know.] Prominently missing from the islanders’ ideas is improved transit on the island. Surely that is part of reducing the number of cars on the ferries. [paragraph] Before the ferries became unreliable I was a frequent bike tourist on the island. I completely understand off-islanders’ reluctance to visit Vashon.

    • WSB November 23, 2023 (10:32 am)

      Did you read the report (linked in the story, not that long)? I only quoted a few samples. Transit on the island is mentioned multiple times.

      • bill November 24, 2023 (8:50 am)

        I did read it although evidently not closely enough. There seemed to be a fair bit of repetition I glossed over.  Still interested in paragraphs!

  • nwpolitico November 23, 2023 (10:21 am)

    Another big W for Governor Jay Inslee! WSF, WSDOT, DCYF, and DSHS are all running smoothly!! Those lean management strategies are a real bang-up job!

    • Leigh Moorhouse November 23, 2023 (11:36 pm)

      This problem started 15 years ago

  • WSMom November 23, 2023 (10:39 am)

    They chose to move to Vashon knowing a ferry was the only way on and off the island. They use West Seattle as a pass through and expect us to give up our parking? I don’t think so. 

  • Wendell November 23, 2023 (10:43 am)

    I believe there wouldn’t be a staffing shortage if WSF updated their hiring process. A program to help to new applicants with training and obtaining the required Merchant  Mariner Credentials and Transport Workers Identification Credentials would be a good start.

  • VJ November 23, 2023 (10:53 am)

    I like to know what the residents in Southworth think of the situation?    Do they agree that the service the ferry system provides is deteriorating?    Maybe the best investment for the island would be to build a bridge over the Colvos passage?  It might help to take some car pressure off the ferry system?

    • Sparrow November 23, 2023 (6:43 pm)

      Oh Southworth is pretty brutally affected. The gaps between sailings are lengthy. Miss the 6:40AM sailing and you aren’t getting on a boat until 8:45AM(that sailing is always late). That’s a two hour gap during peak commuting hours! Likewise if you need to catch a boat home from Fauntleroy and you work a bit late and miss the 7:55, it is 2hr45M until the next sailing at 10:35PM. It’s bonkers. The ONLY reason people aren’t as vocally complaining is that right when WSF service went to crap, Kitsap Transit started the excellent Fast Ferry service direct to Downtown Seattle. I do think a bridge over Colvos passage from Southworth to Vashon is the logical move by the state. It would allow WSF to consolidate to a single ferry terminal for both Southworth and Vashon folks and make that ferry route far simpler and more reliable. But we all know the Vashon residents would be adamantly opposed, as they are concerned that it would destroy the rural nature of the island (even though the spot where the bridge would land on the Kitsap side is even more rural). 

      • TMQ November 24, 2023 (6:10 pm)

        It maybe because Southworth residents always have the very realistic solution of driving home without using the ferry. The real solution to the islands problem are blatantly obvious. Eliminate Southworth from the route 

    • TMQ November 24, 2023 (6:12 pm)

      How is that a solution on any level? Maybe 5% of island ridership needs to go to Southworth or further out on the Olympic peninsula. 

  • Alex November 23, 2023 (1:50 pm)

    Perhaps another solution is for Vashon Island to leave King County and join Kitsap.   The sales tax rate on Vashon should then be increased to help Kitsap purchase and fund more foot ferries.   Kitsap residents entered into a bargain with their government to pay the extra sales tax and received the passenger ferries in return.    Vashon might be in a better position if they aligned with Kitsap County.

  • Rob November 23, 2023 (3:10 pm)

    The worker shortage is due to the fact that there is only so many qualified mariners in the US and many people are retiring and not being replaced. The ferry system does not pay enough for individuals to fill these positions and live in the Puget Sound. If they want to run these ferries with the required qualified crew they need to pay enough to make it worth someone’s while. It is all supply and demand within the workforce. You will crew all the boats if you pay a livable wage for those who work and live in the Puget Sound. 

    • Resident November 24, 2023 (10:34 am)

      I couldn’t agree more. There are plenty of qualified people but we don’t pay enough for them to live here. This is a job where they literally have people’s lives in their hands. Not sure of the percent wages represent of costs to run the ferries but I would venture that it is small compared to the boats, piers and maintenance.

    • TMQ November 24, 2023 (6:07 pm)

      The crew shortages are 95% because of engineers and captains. The issue isn’t there not being enough standard deckhands 

  • Karl November 23, 2023 (11:41 pm)

    One random half baked scheme I’d like to throw out there is Pier 48 is owned by the Port of Seattle it is currently used as overflow WSF employee parking, King County Passenger Only ferry terminal HQ and maintenance facility, and secured area for construction equipment.  What about making it additional ferry dock to the triangle route?  Allowing commuters a direct route to Downtown Seattle and highways eliminating the stop and go traffic through West Seattle.  Generally it takes me up to 30 minutes to navigate through West Seattle to get to the bridge then to downtown and to interstates 5/90.  I myself would appreciate a few extra winks of sleep for the additional crossing time it would take from Vashon to Pier 48.  Imagine a bigger property to stage metro buses for additional direct commuting, a more direct route to Swedish and Virginia Mason for aid cars.  But the reality of making that a feasible option I don’t know it requires community support, funding, and interdepartmental cooperation.  Nothing more than spit ball idea I am shooting here.  Thoughts, opinions, reactions?

    • WSB November 23, 2023 (11:56 pm)

      The reason WSF ruled out Elliott Bay (even northeast West Seattle) for a new ferry dock in the current planning process is because capacity would go down – longer trips = fewer trips.

    • TMQ November 24, 2023 (6:04 pm)

      Sorry but even ignoring your blatant lie. It doesn’t take anywhere close to 30 minutes to get from the dock to the bridge. Having the boats dock in downtown Seattle is not a solution to anything.

  • Jort November 24, 2023 (1:00 am)

    Nice sign. “An island in crisis.” What’s a crisis, these days? A crisis? Really? A crisis?  A real crisis?!

    • bill November 24, 2023 (12:36 pm)

      Normally I’m with you Jort, but you’ve outdone the other insensitive commenters. This is a serious crisis for folks who can’t dependably get off-island for medical treatment and cannot afford overnight hotel stays.

  • Vashon November 24, 2023 (4:41 am)

    Planning is underway for a replacement terminal at Fauntleroy, which directly impacts on street temporary parking on Fauntleroy as well as loading time. 3 options are being considered, from maintaining current size to capacity increases. More prepaid vehicle parking on the terminal directly reduces temp parking on Fauntleroy and could eliminate ferry wait time to process vehicles at toll booths reducing sailing delays. Direct sailing from Southworth and/or Vashon to Seattle (Colman dock) is not an option per WSF but could reduce volume demand for vehicles through Fauntleroy and was used successfully in the past.

  • Mike Dey November 24, 2023 (4:39 pm)

    To Whom It May Concern,My name is Mike Dey. I am the current president of the Fauntleroy Community Association. I would like to meet with a FEW of the Vashon residents who are part of the ferry Advisory Committee and who put together the attached document to discuss how we might begin a dialogue to see how the communities of West Seattle might help Vashon residents and businesses to improve what many of you are dealing with.  Please feel free to contact me at msdey50@aol.com
    Maybe together we can help make something happen!

  • Vashon November 27, 2023 (3:49 pm)

    Some people have implemented their own solution to the extended wait problem, ferry line cutting is on the rise and ferry workers will not do anything about it (I don’t blame them). According to some ferry workers , there are a few drivers who have flashed their guns at folks that complain.  The HERO program that encouraged people to report line cutting but it was discontinued so I guess it’s ok for some people (gun flashers) to cut in line.

  • Ryan November 27, 2023 (5:58 pm)

    I’ve been saying for years that they should increase the number of docks at Fauntleroy. I get it would be a huge change but they could increase the size of the dock and make it so two boats can unload at once.i also think Vashon should consider a bridge connecting Kitsap to King from the Ollala side since it’s the shortest point. Gives one more way of getting off the island.

  • Og islander November 28, 2023 (9:02 pm)

    The ferry issues are a result of the decaying infrastructure of the nation. The growth and access to vashon is controlled by a group of eco fascist nerds who are hellbent on maintaining their dictatorship over industrial development in favor of a neo malthusian democrat party backed agenda of degrowth. Vashon has always been a testing ground for democrat policies and this little escapade is no different. The pnw is awash with fresh water, it is no barrier to growth and development anywhere else but in the san Juan’s.  Make no mistake, this is a political crisis, not one of resources. The problem will get worse as the nation continues to crumble. Build the bridge, it would save everyone alot of trouble.

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