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No ferry service change in Mukilteo as state moves ferries around


August 31, 2017

One of two state ferries serving the Mukilteo-Clinton route has been moved to the Anacortes-San Juan Islands route to replace a larger ferry that has been pulled for repairs.

Washington State Ferries maintenance crews discovered a problem with a generator on the ferry Hyak on Wednesday morning, Aug. 30. That 144-car vessel serves the Anacortes-San Juan Islands route. Based on the inspection, crews decided to replace the generator immediately.

As of Thursday, Aug. 31, the Hyak has been replaced with the Mukilteo-Clinton route’s ferry Kitsap, which is a 124-car ferry. The Kitsap has been replaced by the ferry Kittitas, which is also a 124-car ferry. As a result, the Mukilteo-Clinton route will not see a reduction in service as a result of the switch.

With replacement work expected to take up to two weeks and no spare vessel readily available, WSF deemed a series of ferry moves necessary to balance service needs across the system.

After nearly a month of one-boat service, the Port Townsend-Coupeville route has returned to a two-boat schedule in time for the Labor Day weekend. That’s thanks to the ferry Chetzemoka moving from the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route back to the Port Townsend-Coupeville route.

The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route has gone from a three- to a two-boat schedule as the ferry Sealth moves from that route to replace the Chetzemoka on the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route. That switch results in an increased service capacity of 26 vehicles.


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