Ferries Missed Just Half a Percent of TripsJanuary 10th, 2011 by ed friedrich
Washington State Ferries put out some end-of-year stats recently. They show that of the 162,568 trips scheduled in 2010, 161,882 were completed. That’s a 99.5 percent completion rate.
There were 809 cancellations. Guess what caused most of them. No, not crew members oversleeping. They say that only 17 cancellations were crewing-related. Two hundred forty-five trips were canceled because of tides. I would think most if not all of them were on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route. Right behind was vessel maintenance, which caused 235 trips to be canceled, and 132 weather-related, most of which probably were also at Port Townsend.
Rounding out the aborted sailings were 61 for emergency medical
response (transporting ambulances), 13 terminal-related, four
security-related and two safety-related. There were 100
miscellaneous cancellations, which are generally attributed to
resetting a sailing schedule because ferries were running late.
WSF also added 125 extra trips for medical emergencies to and from Vashon Island. These really tick off the Southworth riders. I’ll write about that one of these days.
The on-time averages for 2010 were: 84 percent between zero and 5 minutes and 94 percent between zero and 10 minutes, which is a respective 2 and 1 percent improvement over last year.