EDMONDS, WA – Three Washington State Ferry routes are returning to pre-pandemic levels for the first time since late June.
The state’s Department of Transportation announced on Friday that the Edmonds / Kingston and Mukilteo / Clinton routes will resume weekend service with two boats starting Saturday.
The Seattle / Bainbridge route will return to daily two-boat service starting Aug. 30, and other routes will be reviewed for service improvements based on demand and crew availability.
In a press release, the Department of Transportation said it was forced to cut service from June 20, as more than 100 high-risk WSF employees were unable to work during the pandemic.
Although the WSDOT was able to hire new employees, it was unable to provide mandatory personal training.
“Over the past month, we welcomed 16 new crew members and 10 terminal attendants and actively worked with existing staff to increase staff availability,” said Greg Faust, WSF Operations Director, in a statement. “We are now at a point where we can gradually improve the service and are working to restore crossings on additional routes in the coming weeks.”