Hadley Rodero, communications, 206-475-3430 (mobile)
CLINTON – With another busy summer ahead on the Mukilteo/Clinton route, Washington State Ferries is hosting an open house Tuesday, March 21, to share proposed schedule changes to help improve on-time performance on the route.
Over 4 million passengers traveled on the Mukilteo/Clinton route last year. The current sailing schedule was designed for two 124-car Issaquah class ferries. Since the switch to the larger, 144-car Tokitae in 2014, ferries are consistently departing late and experiencing increased delays.
“WSF is committed to improving on-time performance on this route,” said Senior Planning Manager Ray Deardorf. “We need to make schedule adjustments to improve reliability and provide predictability for our customers, especially when customers are making local transit connections.”
The proposed schedule, which will start in June, adjusts afternoon sailing times to accommodate heavy vehicle traffic and allow more time for loading and unloading vehicles. WSF is not proposing any service cuts; the new schedule includes the same number of daily sailings. WSF will monitor the new schedule in a six-month pilot project through fall 2017.
Open house information
Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world.