Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ("triangle") route schedule revision process
Thanks to the many customers and community members who attended the public open houses on October 26 and 29, and to those who took a moment to complete our online survey. Thank you!
Why is WSF looking at changes to the triangle route schedule?
- To accomodate the additional vehicle capacity when the 124-car Cathlamet replaces the 87-car Klahowya in fall 2014.
- To improve reliability and reduce delays
- To plan for future demand
- What is most important to our customers?
- What are the effects from the increase in vehicle capacity on loading and unloading?
- How can service be deployed for current and expected travel patterns?
- How do we improve on-time departures when so many factors affect schedule reliability?
Considerations and constraints when reviewing the triangle route schedule (These are some of the many factors we need to consider on the Triangle Route)
- Daily Vehicle Capacity
- Sailing Frequency
- Hour-by-Hour Demand
- On-Time Performance
- Passenger Loading
- Commuter Needs
- Fauntleroy Dock
- Loading/Unloading Times
- Crossing Times
- Crew Schedules
- Bus Connections
- Water Taxi Connections
- Direct vs. Multi-Stop Sailings
- Medical Transport Trips
- Vessel Shift Impacts
- Hours of Service
- Varying Car Capacity
- Level of Service
- Varying Vessel Speed
- Vessel Fueling
- Vehicle Allocations
- Fuel Conservation
- What else?
Who is involved in this process?
The process is guided by a steering committee with representatives including:
We consult with other entities such as the King County Ferry District/Vashon Water Taxi and Vashon Island School District as the process continues.
What is the timeline?
The steering committee will work during the course of 2013 to discuss and develop a revised schedule by April 2014 so that WSF, King County Metro and other agencies will be able to implement a coordinated set of changes for the fall 2014 sailing season.
- January-March 2013 - Staff research and data collection
- April 2013 - Develop schedule values
- May 2013 - Review data from current route operations
- June 2013 (PUBLIC MEETINGS) - Seek community input on schedule needs as part of regular WSF community meeting
- July 2013 - Consider initial draft schedule concepts based on community input
- August - September 2013 - Revise draft schedule concepts
- October 2013 (PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES) - Present guiding principles and current route information to community/riders at drop-in open houses
- November 2013 - Update schedule concepts per community comments
- December 2013 (PUBLIC MEETINGS) - Present update on process and open house input to community as part of regular WSF community meeting
- January 2014 - Prepare draft schedule(s) per meeting comments
- February 2014 (PUBLIC MEETINGS) - Present draft schedule to community for review and input
- March 2014 - Refine schedule per sommunity comments
- April 2014 - Finalize schedule and transmit within WSF and to partners (King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Vashon Water Taxi)
- September 2014 - Implement revised schedule
For more information and to send in your input as part of this process, please contact:
WSF Service Planning Manager