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

Status

November 2017

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

Vashon and Southworth Public Meetings: ​Thank you to all who were able to join us for our recent public meetings. View our presentation (pdf 799 kb) and a summary of the public comments (pdf 108 kb). You may also view a video of the Vashon Public meeting. 

Upcoming Task Force Meetings: All task force meetings are open to the public and are held at Fauntleroy Church located at 9140 California Ave SW, Seattle. ​

  • Wednesday, December 13, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18, 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Overview

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, an advisory group comprised of volunteers from each community served by the route. 

In June 2017, the Triangle Route Improvement Task Force teamed up with WSF to change how we process vehicles at the Fauntleroy tollbooth and on the dock. This new tollbooth procedure helped us address several questions. 

Timeline

Phase 1: “Quick Wins”, January - June 2017

During phase one, the task force met to study the route and identify “quick wins” for WSF to implement this summer. Quick Wins Report (pdf 196 kb)

The quick wins implemented include:

  • Improve vehicle processing at the Fauntleroy tollbooths, in order to get more vehicles through at peak time. New tollbooth operations: Flyer (pdf 288 kb)
  • A public information campaign to educate drivers about steps they can take to save time while using the route. Buy tickets in advance: Poster (pdf 390 kb), Flyer (pdf 388 kb)

Phase 2: Long term planning, June 2017 - Present

Phase 2 of the task force’s work includes monitoring WSF’s implementation of the “quick wins” and exploring mid- and long-range strategies to further improve performance on the Triangle route. 

Phase 2: Meeting and Materials Library

  • June 6, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: WSF budget process and timeline, the pilot project (Phase 1), the Public information campaign for summer (phase 1),  and the plan and potential priorities of phase 2 of the task force process. Meeting agenda (pdf 72 kb), Presentation (pdf 69 kb), Official notes document (pdf 95 kb)
  • July 12, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: WSF budget process and timeline, the pilot project (Phase 1), the Public information campaign for summer (phase 1),  and the plan and potential priorities of phase 2 of the task force process. Meeting agenda (pdf 88 kb), Presentation (pdf 538 kb), Official notes document (pdf 84 kb)
  • August 10, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Data from the first 30 days of the new tollbooth procedure, history and background of schedule and ridership patterns, task force priorities for the schedule, and an update on public involvement campaign. Meeting agenda (pdf 85 kb), Presentation (pdf 764 kb), Official notes document (pdf 84 kb)
  • September 14, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Data from the second 30 days of the new tollbooth procedure, history of the previous WSF planning efforts for the route, and the upcoming public meetings.  Meeting agenda (pdf 84 kb), Presentation (pdf 846 kb), Official notes document (pdf 100 kb)
  • October 3, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Comments and input from public meetings and terminal employees and the next steps for the task force. Meeting agenda (pdf 90 kb), Official notes document (pdf 110 kb)
  • November 9, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Priorities for the future of the task force, the task force charter, and the process for schedule changes. Meeting agenda (pdf 91 kb), Presentation (pdf 67 kb)