WSF Triangle Route: Analysis of Alternative Concepts of Operations

The Washington State Ferry System Triangle Route (Fauntleroy – Vashon – Southworth), is heavily used and experiences a number of significant operational challenges. This report documents the outcome of a project tasked with examining different concepts of operation that would improve the performance of the Triangle Route, with a specific focus on the Fauntleroy terminal during periods of peak use. Each concept of operation describes operational procedures designed to improve the speed and efficiency of the terminal’s operations, the vessels’ load factor, the vessels’ on-time performance during peak travel periods, and if possible, the peak period capacity of the route.

A variety of recommendations are made for consideration by Washington State Ferries for projects that might improve both the overall operational performance of the route and customers’ overall satisfaction with their experiences when using the route.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 894.1
Last modified: 
03/05/2020 - 16:45
Mark E. Hallenbeck, Emily Scott
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC-UW)
Number of Pages: 
Ferry service, Rate, fare and toll collection, Ferry terminals, Terminal operations, Vessel operations, Quality of service, Alternatives analysis, On time performance, Recommendations.