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

Status

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is seeking public comment on a draft sailing schedule for the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ("Triangle") route. The new schedule will help move more people and goods when a third 124-car Issaquah Class vessel is assigned to the route in Spring 2019. It aims to reduce traffic congestion at the Fauntleroy terminal and improve overall service reliability for customers. You can review the draft schedule here (pdf 854 kb) and submit your comments through Nov. 9, 2018. 

Upcoming Triangle Route Public Meetings: We'll be in the neighborhood to discuss the draft revised sailing schedule for the Triangle Route!

Fauntleroy

Tuesday, October 23, 5-7 p.m.

Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Avenue SW, Seattle

Vashon

Wednesday, October 24, 6-8 p.m.

Vashon Island High School, 9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon Island

Southworth

Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Harper Church, 10384 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard

Overview

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is developing a new sailing schedule (pdf 854 kb) for the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ("Triangle") route to accomodate a third 124-car Issaquah Class vessel that will be assigned to the route beginning in Spring 2019 and to plan for forecasted ridership growth. Adding a bigger ferry to the route means adding capacity, but it also requires adding more loading and unloading time to the schedule to provide reliability and help make sure each sailing leaves full. The route hasn't had a major schedule overhaul since 2003 when there were smaller vessels serving the route. This is an opportunity to take a fresh look at the schedule in order to meet the changing needs of all three communities and to address issues such as boats leaving with space available, long lines on Fauntleroy Way, new travel patterns, and growing ridership.

This change is part of a two-year community process; we have worked with the Triangle Task Force and local FACs to develop the draft schedule and identify priorities such as focusing on the afternoon peak commute westbound from Fauntleroy and adjusting sailing times eastbound in the morning from Southworth to better serve commuters. 

The new schedule will start in spring 2019. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WSF has reviewed many public comments related to the route and put together a “Frequently Asked Questions” document answering questions that we hear most often. View the Frequently Asked Questions (pdf 110 kb).

    Triangle Task Force

    In Fall 2016, WSF launched a public process to gather community input on how to improve the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route, also known as "the Triangle." 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 Route 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

    2017 meeting materials 

    • 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 Triangle Task Force focused on proposed sailing schedule concepts. Meeting agenda (pdf 389 kb), Presentation (pdf 677 kb), Small group activity (pdf 891 kb).