All illustrations by Jessica Randklev.

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev.

Service has since been restored to “normal.” Below is yesterday’s press release. What’s most interesting to me about this release is WSF’s characterization of the Bremerton run:

“The Seattle/Bremerton route has a high percentage of walk-on riders, especially during the morning and evening commute times, and customers also have many options for transit connections.”

Yes, I guess you could call us more environmentally responsible. We’re old fashioned in the sense that we’ve figured out that it makes more sense to walk to Seattle than to drive. But WSF’s not in the business of moving walkers, it moves cars. It’s a highway, not a transit system. And if that means investing in 10 new aqua-Hummers, so be it.

But back to the topic at hand. Here’s why Kingston got one of Bremerton’s boats:

“The Edmonds/Kingston route has a high volume of vehicle use, and is heavily used by commercial traffic throughout the day and into late evening.”

Wow, you know, the way that they’re talking, you’d almost think that WSF were encouraging people to bring their cars to work. How many other transit agencies are pushing people into their cars the way WSF is? And the route doing the responsible thing — walking, not driving — is in a prime position to weather a storm, so to speak. Sounds like an endorsement for few car ferries and more passenger-only boats to me.

WSDOT temporarily reduces Seattle/Bremerton ferry service due to necessary vessel repairs. Two-boat service to be restored on Edmonds/Kingston route

Date: Monday, August 03, 2009

SEATTLE – WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) will reduce Seattle/Bremerton ferry service to one 124-auto ferry today, Monday, August 3 beginning with the 5:30 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bremerton. This will allow WSF to restore two-boat service on the Edmonds/Kingston route. The 188-auto Spokane that was operating on the Edmonds/Kingston route was removed from service Monday morning for repairs.

To fill in for the Spokane, WSF will move the 144-auto Hyak to the Edmonds/Kingston route later this evening, serving alongside with the 202-auto Puyallup. The 124-auto Kitsap will continue to serve the Seattle/Bremerton route.

The Seattle/Bremerton route will be on one-boat service through the rest of the evening, cancelling the 6:45 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. sailings from Seattle and the 5:30 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. sailings from Bremerton.

The Spokane was removed from service Monday morning on the Edmonds/Kingston route for repairs to the vessel’s propulsion system.

The decision to reduce vehicle ferry service on the Seattle/Bremerton route was made based on service characteristics. The Edmonds/Kingston route has a high volume of vehicle use, and is heavily used by commercial traffic throughout the day and into late evening. The Seattle/Bremerton route has a high percentage of walk-on riders, especially during the morning and evening commute times, and customers also have many options for transit connections. The Hyak will remain on the Edmonds/Kingston route until repairs are completed on the Spokane. The Hyak will then return to service on Seattle/Bremerton.

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