PT will have to wait for second peak season ferry

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Posted 4/13/21

With the peak season of travel approaching, Washington State Ferries announced Tuesday morning that it would delaying the addition of a second boat to the Port Townsend-Coupeville route due to …

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PT will have to wait for second peak season ferry

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With the peak season of travel approaching, Washington State Ferries announced Tuesday morning that it would delaying the addition of a second boat to the Port Townsend-Coupeville route due to crewing shortages. 

A second boat was set to come online May 9, but riders will have to wait until at least June 6 for two-boat service. 

According to Washington State Ferries, a spike in COVID cases and need to quarantine resulted in a significant number of ferry crews calling out. And coupled with employees now eligible to receive vaccines, more crews are requesting time off to get their immunizations. 

All reservations that were made aboard the second boat on the PT route through June 6 will be cancelled and customers who have lost their reservations will need to make new reservations for available sailings. 

"We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this unique and challenging time," WSF said in a statement announcing the move Tuesday. 

To subscribe to Washington State Ferries travel bulletins, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/schedule/Bulletin.aspx.

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Tom Thiersch

Does anyone else find "will have to wait until **at least** June 6" a tad bit ominous?

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