The Triangle: Improving Service on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth Route

Status

Starting on March 31, 2019, the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ("Triangle")  Route will operate on a new sailing schedule. 

Overview

After an extensive two-year public process, Washington State Ferries (WSF) developed a new sailing schedule for the "Triangle" route to accommodate a third 124-car Issaquah Class vessel that will be regularly assigned to the route starting this spring.

WSF heard from riders, key user groups, terminal staff, vessel crew, the Triangle Improvement Task Force, and local FACs to develop a new schedule and identify priorities, most recently during the December 11-18, 2018, public comment period. The weekday schedule revision focused around improving afternoon peak commutes westbound from Fauntleroy and adjusting sailing times eastbound in the morning from Southworth to better serve commuters. 

The revised weekend schedule includes a few minor adjustments to sailing times in order to align with crew relief schedules and provide weekday/weekend and evening/late night consistency for our customers.

    Materials and FAQs

    Throughout this two-year public process, WSF reviewed many public comments and put together a frequently asked questions (pdf 110 kb) document answering questions that we hear most often.

    In addition to the FAQ, a number of other useful documents can be found here including:

    Fall 2018 Triangle Schedule Revision Public Comment Summary (pdf 1.50 mb)

    Final Revised Triangle Schedule (pdf 282 kb)

    2016 - 2018 Triangle Improvement Task Force Process

    In Fall 2016, WSF launched a public process to gather community input on how to improve the "Triangle" route.  As part of this process, WSF convened a citizen advisory group called the Triangle Improvement Task Force (pdf 171 kb), an advisory group comprised of volunteers from each community served by the route. In its first year, the Triangle Improvement Task Force focused on short-term operational changes to the Fauntleroy terminal. 

    In 2018, the task force focused on providing feedback on three of WSF's long-term projects:

    • 2019 Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth sailing schedule
    • 2040 Long Range Plan
    • Fauntleroy Terminal project
    • January 18, 2018: This meeting covered the following topics: The Task Force charter, tollbooth operational adjustments, sailing schedule next steps, and an update on the 2040 Long Range Plan. Meeting agenda (pdf 90 kb), Presentation (pdf 1 mb)​, Official notes document (pdf 110 kb).
    • March 29, 2018: This meeting covered the following topics: The results of the pre-ticketed lane trial, an introduction to the Fauntleroy Paving project, sailing schedule next steps, and an update on the 2040 Long Range Plan. Meeting agenda (pdf 90 kb), Presentation (pdf 1 mb), Official notes document (pdf 553 kb).
    • June 21, 2018: This meeting covered the following topics: The University of Washington Evans School study, afternoon sailing schedule proposals, and an update on the 2040 Long Range Plan. Meeting agenda (pdf 90 kb), Presentation (pdf 1 mb), Official notes document (pdf 108 kb).
    • July 19, 2018: This meeting covered the following topics: Morning sailing schedule proposals, the University of Washington Evans School study, and a small group discussion on Triangle Route service. Meeting agenda (pdf 89 kb), Presentation (pdf 1.3 mb). 
    • August 15, 2018: This was a joint meeting between the Fauntleroy, Vashon, and Southworth Ferry Advisory Committees and the Task Force focused on proposed sailing schedule concepts. Meeting agenda (pdf 3 89 kb), Presentation (pdf 677 kb), Small group activity (pdf 891 kb).
    • December 12, 2018: This was a joint meeting between the Fauntleroy, Vashon, and Southworth Ferry Advisory Committees and the Task Force reviewing changes to the most recent revised draft schedule. Meeting agenda (pdf 645.5 kb) Presentation (pdf 371 kb) Official notes
    • 2017 meeting materials