Ferries to go to two-boat schedule this week

Vashon's north-end ferry will go to a two-boat schedule next Monday through Wednesday, as other boats in the state's fleet undergo emergency repairs.

Vashon’s north-end ferry will go to a two-boat schedule next Monday through Wednesday, as other boats in the state’s fleet undergo emergency repairs.

Washington State Ferries (WSF) announced today that the 202-vehicle Puyallup will be out of service for three days while crews inspect an engine that broke down Saturday, June 20. Additionally, the 48-year-old Elwha will be out of service for approximately four months for extensive repairs to a drive motor.

The 124-car Issaquah and 124-car Cathlamet will serve the Vashon-Fauntleroy-Southworth route during the two-boat schedule.

Since two-boat schedules typically cause long waits at Vashon and Fauntleroy, the state has added the Hiyu, which will make unscheduled trips to help fill in during those days.

A WSF announcement said those traveling on the Vashon route should expect longer-than-usual wait times or make plans to travel during non-peak hours such as midday or late evening.

Repair work on the Vashon ferry dock is currently causing delays. However, WSF spokesman Ian Sterling said the state hopes to finish that work by Monday when the two-boat schedule begins.

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