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

Status

A draft revised schedule (pdf 1.06 mb) is available for one more week of public comment. Comments can be sent to WSFPlanning@wsdot.wa.gov and must be received by Tuesday, Dec. 18. The new schedule will start on March 31, 2019. The revised draft schedule reflects comments received during the Fall 2018 (pdf 1.50 mb) community engagement period. 

Overview

After an extensive two year public process, the Washington State Ferries (WSF) is developing a new sailing schedule (pdf 768 kb) for the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ("Triangle") route to accommodate a third 124-car Issaquah Class vessel that will be assigned to the route beginning March 31, 2019.

WSF is working with the Triangle Task Force and local FACs to develop a new schedule and identify priorities. WSF is looking to address afternoon peak commute westbound from Fauntleroy and adjust sailing times eastbound in the morning from Southworth to better serve commuters. 

    Materials and FAQs

    Throughout this two year public process, WSF has 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)

    Triangle Revised Draft Schedule (pdf 1.06 mb)

    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
    • 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 3 89 kb), Presentation (pdf 677 kb), Small group activity (pdf 891 kb).
    • 2017 meeting materials