LETTER: WSF response to suggestion falls short

I would like to report my interchange with Washington State Ferries regarding a schedule issue. The communication highlights how unresponsive WSF is to even the most trivial improvement suggestions.

Here is the issue: The 3 p.m. Fauntleroy departure stops at Vashon and then Southworth. But it does not load Southworth traffic, even though the vessel rarely sails full and Southworth traffic is always left on the dock. In my communication, I suggested a simple solution: Allow Southworth traffic onto the 3 p.m. boat if there is space. Not only is this an issue of “filling the boats,” but the Southworth cars sitting on the dock also block staging for the next boat — in the middle of rush hour no less.

Here is the WSF official response:

“The reason the 3 p.m. departure does not take vehicle or motorcycles is because there are direct sailings immediately prior to and immediately after the 3 p.m. departure from Fauntleroy, Monday through Friday.”

When I replied to WSF to point out that “immediately prior” here meant 45 minutes prior and 35 minutes later, I received no further answers. (Side note: Not one of my fellow Southworth commuters agrees to this definition.)

Who are the legislators that are supposed to monitor WSF and incentivize the organization to use our tax dollars respectfully?

— Jar Lyons

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