Two ferry runs down a boat this week

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 2:26 PM

Ferry riders on both the Seattle-Bremerton route and the Fauntleroy-Vashon Island- Southworth route will deal with delays this week as both routes will be down one boat.

On the Seattle-Bremerton run, the 90-car Sealth was taken out of service Friday after a leak was found below the water line. It’s being replaced with the 64-car Salish.

The 124-car Kitsap is also operating on that run. Kitsap Transit is helping out with the passenger only ferry Rich Passage 1, which carries 118 people.

The slower Salish carries 750 passengers and requires a longer transit so the 12:20 p.m. sailing from Bremerton and the 1:30 p.m. sailing from Seattle will be canceled this week.

The Rich Passage 1 will provide two extra sailings during the morning and evening commutes. It will leave Pier 50 in Seattle at 6:20 a.m., 7:55 a.m., 5:07 p.m. and 6:43 p.m. and from the passenger ferry terminal in Bremerton at 5:35 a.m., 7:12 a.m., 4:25 p.m. and 5:55 p.m.

The slower Salish carries 750 passengers and requires a longer transit so the 12:20 p.m. sailing from Bremerton and the 1:30 p.m. sailing from Seattle will be canceled this week.

Passengers trying to get across Monday morning were not pleased.

"I got down to the ferry and there wasn't enough room,” said Josh Schultz. “I'm just hoping I don’t get fired this time”
 
"Primarily, the problem for me is coming home,” said Rob Somerville. “I have to leave the office a little early to make sure I get on the boat.”

"It's unfortunate that Bremerton seems to be the run that has to give up a boat,” said Fred Abrahamson. “It seems like the other terminals could feel some of the pain, too.”

On the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route, the 87-car Klahowya is out of service, leaving behind only the Tillikum with its 87 car capacity and the Issaquah, which carries 124 cars. Service will be supplemented with unscheduled sailings by the 34-car Hiyu.

 

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