WSF was in the midst of changing the Kingston ferry schedule effective the first of the year to improve the route’s on-time performance and match it up better with transit connections. Today in Director David Moseley’s weekly update he says that’s been postponed because “additional time is needed to make sure the new schedule aligns with crew schedules, vessel fueling times and important connections for our customers.”
He said they got more than 80 comments from customers, which they appreciate and will help them come up with a schedule that works for as many people as possible.
Moseley had another update on something I’d written about a while back. WSF learned on Wednesday that the Coast Guard has approved Pierce County’s request for an extension on its drydock requirement for the Steilacoom II, which the state is leasing for the Port Townsend-Keystone route. It was supposed to be accomplished by the end of the year, but the Coast Guard is letting them slide until after the New Year’s weekend. After that, the route will have to put up with passenger-only service for a while until the Steilacoom II comes back. Passenger ferry details haven’t been worked out yet.