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Title: Washington State Ferries
Post by: Bruce on October 09, 2021, 01:36:08 AM
Figured we should have a separate thread for the ferry system.

This week: tons of cancellations and multi-hour waits due to a crew shortage brought on by vaccine requirements. Turns out most of them want to live with COVID forever.

The Seattle Times reports (https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/dozens-of-runs-canceled-on-washington-state-ferries-as-crew-shortages-worsen/) that 140 sailings were cancelled on Friday and 228 people out of 600 were unable to work.
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: jakeroot on October 09, 2021, 03:18:21 AM
I was listening to news radio this afternoon, and the traffic announcer was losing their mind over the delays. It took me a few cycles of listening to the reports to realize the gravity of the situation. I think they eventually went on to claim it as WSF's worst day ever.

I'm a bit surprised that some sort of plan wasn't in place to bring on additional workers to supplant those who want to remain unvaccinated.

Edit: I'm reading that the workers called out sick. Bit harder to prepare for that, I guess.
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: Max Rockatansky on October 09, 2021, 09:53:11 AM
I’m really just replying here so this thread shows up in my replied threads.  I really dig the Bremerton-Seattle Ferry whenever I have to work in Kitsap.
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: TEG24601 on October 09, 2021, 10:44:52 AM
Yea, Mukilteo-Clinton is down to one boat... the only profitable route in the entire system.
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: Alps on October 09, 2021, 10:16:43 PM
Please do not turn this into a COVID thread. Please keep this on topic to work shortages only (or other ferry info as the thread evolves). Thank you.
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: Bruce on October 10, 2021, 02:13:43 AM
In non-cancellation news, there's also a contest to name the next Olympic-class ferry (which will be a diesel-electric hybrid that carries 144 cars).

The deadline was yesterday, so we'll be seeing the first proposals under review in a few weeks: https://wstc.wa.gov/programs/ferry-highway-naming/2021-ferry-naming-process-schedule/

Generally, ferries are named for local Coast Salish tribes or geographic locations, continuing a tradition set by the Black Ball Line before it was acquired by the state to become the modern ferry system in 1951. One of the more serious proposals I've seen is "Snoqualmie", after the tribe of the same name.

A few of the comical entries (https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/the-pete-carroll-sir-floats-a-lot-with-zero-submissions-meeting-criteria-washington-state-extends-naming-new-ferry/) found by The Seattle Times:

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Geoduck.

Tinkerbell.

Pickleball.

Big Foot.

Big Face.

The Sound and Fury.

King Felix.

Dixy Lee Ray.

Victor.

Namu.

George Washington Bush.

The Hendrix.

Boaty McBoatface or Ferry McFerryface or Floaty McBoaty.

Ivar Haglund. [eccentric owner of the Ivar's seafood chain]

Taxme McTaxme Face.

Jay Loves Suzy.

Gertrude, “to honor Seattle’s earliest cross dresser.” [a reference to the JP Patches Show]

Louie, Louie. [once proposed as the state song]
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: jakeroot on October 11, 2021, 12:23:32 AM
^^^^
Not all of those strike me as comical. I kind of like "Gertrude," "Dixy Lee Ray," "King Felix," and "Ivar Haglund."
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: Bruce on October 13, 2021, 08:37:04 PM
Looks like there's going to be schedule reductions instead of just cancelling random runs: https://wsdot.wa.gov/news/2021/10/13/state-ferry-temporary-schedule-changes-starting-saturday-oct-16

Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: stevashe on October 24, 2021, 05:52:22 PM
Looks like there's going to be schedule reductions instead of just cancelling random runs: https://wsdot.wa.gov/news/2021/10/13/state-ferry-temporary-schedule-changes-starting-saturday-oct-16


The new schedule is pretty rough, I was very glad that I managed to just make the 10:20 am ferry from Edmonds on Monday by about 6 cars, else I would have had to wait until 11:55!  :no:
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: kkt on November 08, 2021, 09:39:58 PM
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Dixy Lee Ray

God no.  Worst governor in recent memory.
Title: Re: Washington State Ferries
Post by: Bruce on October 12, 2022, 08:34:33 PM
Gov Inslee has ordered new temporary names for the fleet for the remainder of the MLB postseason:

https://wsdot.wa.gov/about/news/2022/state-ferries-hit-home-run-seattle-mariners-inspired-name-changes