The Triangle: Improving Service on the F/V/S Route

2017 Triangle Improvement Task Force 

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 - December 2017

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

Meeting and Materials Library

Community outreach

  • Fall 2016: Washington State Ferries held three listening meetings in Fauntleroy, Vashon Island and Southworth communities from Oct. 24-27. During those meetings, Lynne Griffith and members of WSF’s executive team heard from more than 120 people and captured more than 400 comments on a wide range of issues affecting stakeholders in the route. Those comments are captured in the official notes document (pdf 293 kb).
  • Fall 2017: Washington State Ferries held two public meetings from Sept. 21-22 in the Vashon Island and Southworth communities to discuss route operations. 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. 

Task force meetings

  • Jan. 30, 2017: This introductory meeting covered the following topics: task force member introductions; review of task force goals, scope and work timeline; and a discussion of route characteristics. Meeting agenda (pdf 73 kb), Presentation (97 kb), Official notes document (pdf 119 kb)
  • Feb. 13, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Approve charter, learn about past efforts, understand operations at Fauntleroy, agree on "quick wins." The meeting was open to the public. Meeting agenda (pdf 76 kb), Presentation (361 kb), Official notes document (pdf 122 kb)
  • Feb. 27, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: WSF progress report of quick wins won, discussion on how to improve traffic flow at Fauntleroy including a "bypass lane deep dive," explanation of how the Triangle route (F/V/S) operates, review of  additional quick win options and next steps. Meeting agenda (pdf 85 kb), Presentation (pdf 387 kb), Official notes document (97 kb)
  • March 13, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Tollbooth quick win prototypes, filling the boat and leaving on time; review a draft public awareness plan to encourage riders to buy tickets in advance. The meeting was open to the public. Meeting agenda (pdf 82 kb), Presentation (252 kb), Official notes document (pdf 103 kb)
  • March 27, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Tollbooth quick win review and refinement (phase 1 of task force), review and agreement of public awareness plan (will be part of phase 2), plan and scope phase 2 of  the task force process. Meeting agenda (pdf 94 kb), Presentation (252 kb)
  • May 4, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: Tollbooth quick win implementation update (phase 1 of task force), and the plan and priorities of phase 2 of the task force process. Meeting agenda (pdf 77 kb), Official notes document (pdf 86 kb)
  • 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), Official notes document (pdf 152 kb)
  • December 13, 2017: This meeting covered the following topics: The future of the task force, the task force charter, potential schedule concepts, and an update on the 2040 Long Range Plan. Meeting agenda (pdf 93 kb), Presentation (pdf 610 kb), Official notes document (pdf 160 kb)