This is part of the temporary solution to losing vehicle ferry service between Whidbey Island and Port Townsend.

The run will cost $6.70 round trip,

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WSF Adds Ferry Run Between Downtown Seattle and Port Townsend

This is part of the temporary solution to losing vehicle ferry service between Whidbey Island and Port Townsend.

The run will cost $6.70 round trip, take 90 minutes each way, and continue through early January.

Scheduled sailing times are:

From Port Townsend

6:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

2:45 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

From Seattle

8:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

8:45 p.m.

Press release after the jump.

Complete WSF Press Release:

(Seattle) Washington State Ferries (WSF) announces immediate changes to the Port Townsend/Keystone passenger-only service and the addition of temporary passenger ferry service between Port Townsend and Seattle. On November 20, the Steel Electric class car ferries that operate on this route were pulled out of service for safety reasons. These are the only ferries capable of carrying cars between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island because of the constraints of Keystone Harbor.

Interim passenger service between Port Townsend and Seattle was proposed by Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond after she and WSF executives listened to concerns from the local business community at a meeting in Port Townsend on December 12.

Beginning today, December 13, 2007, WSF will begin shuttle service between Port Townsend and Seattle, with the first sailing leaving from downtown Seattle at 12:30 PM. The 149-passenger vessel, Snohomish, will now provide service four times daily between Pier 50 at Colman Dock in Seattle and the Port Townsend Ferry Terminal. Since November 27, the Snohomish has been operating between Port Townsend-Keystone. This service will be available until early-January.

?We wanted to do everything we can to help the community while there is no vehicle service on the route,? said WSF Deputy Executive Director Traci Brewer-Rogstad. ?We plan to run this temporary shuttle service between Port Townsend and Seattle through the holidays and then reevaluate it in early-January.?

The travel time will be 90 minutes one way. Passengers will pay the regular cross-sound fare of $6.70 round trip and parking is available at the Port Townsend Ferry Terminal.

Scheduled sailing times are:

From Port Townsend

6:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

2:45 p.m.

6:15 p.m.

From Seattle

8:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

8:45 p.m.

While the Snohomish is being used on the Port Townsend/Seattle run, passenger service from Port Townsend to Keystone will be operated by Puget Sound Express, a local Port Townsend company. The 49 passenger ferry Olympas will sail from the Point Hudson Marina, at 227 Jackson, a half mile north of WSF?s Port Townsend Ferry dock to Keystone Harbor. Jefferson Transit will operate shuttle service from WSF?s Port Townsend terminal to Point Hudson every 20 minutes. There is plenty of free parking at the terminal and Point Hudson.

The new service will maintain the current passenger-only schedule. The cost will be the same as customers have been paying to ride the Snohomish, $2.60 per person. Customers may pre-buy their tickets at either the Port Townsend Ferry Terminal or online (cash and credit card sales can also be made on board the Olympas for single trip fares). WSF asks customers to call ahead if special assistance is needed either in Port Townsend or at Keystone. The number to call is 1-888-808-7977.

Travelers are encouraged to check WSF?s Web site for the latest information at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/. Service bulletins and weather cancellations are updated regularly.

WSF is coordinating with regional transit providers. Customers on Whidbey Island can call Island Transit at (360) 321-6688 ext. 3 (or toll free at 800-240-8747) to set up a temporary vanpool. Other transit agencies can help customers discuss their options, including Jefferson Transit (800-371-0497) and Kitsap Transit (800-501-7433).

 
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