Crew shortages hit Washington ferries ahead of vacation
Crossings canceled at Washington State Ferries could worsen for Labor Day weekend, as crew shortages and COVID-19 quarantines continue to impact schedules.
The Seattle Times reports that travelers are advised to be prepared for delays, choose an early or late departure, or consider getting on board to avoid car queues.
The ferry system has stopped accepting new weekend bookings for the San Juan Islands and Coupeville-Port Townsend routes as it cannot guarantee a full schedule.
Six routes will have fewer trips than usual during Labor Day weekend and beyond, especially late at night. Next week, the Seattle-Bremerton route will be reduced to a single boat so the Kaleetan ferry can undergo dry dock repairs.
At least 130 departures have been missed since February, the worst in recent memory, spokesman Ian Sterling said. Of those, rider alerts last weekend showed 31 cancellations due to crew shortages.