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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Marta Coursey, WSF communications, 206-515-3918
SEATTLE – Washington State Ferries customers can now view the number of available vehicle spaces before leaving the comfort of their home or office. WSF is piloting a new terminal conditions page that provides an estimate of available vehicle spaces on the vessel for an upcoming sailing.
“This is just one more tool for our customers,” said David Moseley, WSDOT assistant secretary, ferries division. “Seeing the number of available vehicle spaces in real-time for an upcoming sailing helps our customers make an informed decision about their travel plans.”
The new terminal conditions page joins WSF’s other available trip planning functions, including vessel watch, terminal cameras, email alerts, and best times to travel. WSF hopes this new information will help:
- Inform customers of the likelihood of making their planned sailing
- Lessen vehicle congestion at terminals
- Encourage travel during non-peak times
- Promote vehicle reservations on routes that offer reservations
Ferry customers can view the number of vehicle spaces available for any terminal that collects vehicle fares. WSF calculates the approximate number of available spaces for each sailing by taking the vessel’s capacity of vehicle spaces and deducting the number of vehicle fares collected at the tollbooth. For those routes that accept vehicle reservations, we also deduct the number of vehicle reservations.
Customers are encouraged to provide feedback during this pilot, and the information will be incorporated as the travel tool is refined over the next few months.
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