What does WSF plan mean for Edmonds-Kingston run?

Here’s one thing: An all-electric boat by 2023
By Brian Soergel | Nov 01, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel Total passengers expected on the Edmonds-Kingston route is expected to rise to 3.36 million by 2040, up from the 1.914 million reported in 2017.

Washington State Ferries’ 2040 long-range plan, an update from 2009, intends to to manage increased demand – expected to balloon by 30 percent – and encourage the spread of ridership across non-peak travel times.

The number of total passengers expected on the Edmonds-Kingston route is expected to rise to 3.36 million, up from the 1.914 million reported in 2017. Vehicle traffic is expected to rise to 2.51 million from 2.07 million in 2017.

Most of all, though, ferry officials say the plan focuses on first stabilizing WSF’s fleet and service reliability. The plan also emphasizes WSF’s need to improve the customer experience through better technology, multimodal connections, and accessibility.

The plan calls for investment in a sustainable, resilient infrastructure and reducing the system’s effects on the environment.

It also calls for an increased investment in workforce development for mentor and training programs. WSF reports that 30 percent of employees are eligible to retire from 2019 to 2024.

Here’s how the plan, due to be sent to the state Legislature in January for funding, breaks down for those taking the Edmonds-Kingston route:

Medium-term:

Vessels: One of the two service vessels, the Puyallup, will be converted to hybrid- electric conversion, as the Edmonds Beacon reported in April, and will operate all-electric in 2023.

Service enhancements: None are proposed in this timeframe.

Terminals: Vessel plug-in capabilities at both the Edmonds and Kingston terminals are planned by 2022.

Preservation projects are planned for the trestle, bridge, landing aids and restrooms at Kingston from 2019 to 2027. Preservation is also planned at the Edmonds terminal in the medium term.

Long-term, scenario A

Vessels: Replace two existing (202-car and 188-car) vessels with three hybrid- electric propulsion vessels to operate all-electric 144-car vessels in 2031, 2032 and 2033.

Service enhancements: Increase service frequency to 30-minute headways, served with three vessels.

Terminals: Edmonds multimodal terminal improvements are proposed in the long term.

• Additionally, preservation is planned for the Kingston terminal in the long term.

Long-term, scenario B

Vessel capacity modifications: Replace the two existing vessels with two 202-car capacity hybrid-electric vessels.

Service enhancements: No change proposed.

Terminals: No change from Scenario A.

For more information, go to www.wsflongrangeplan.com.

 

 

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