Washington State Ferries to operate reduced schedules due to staff shortages

Starting Saturday, Oct. 16, Washington State Ferries will temporarily operate reduced schedules on most routes in order “to provide more predictable and reliable travel” while the system is short staffed.

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The change comes, according to the state ferry system, as it is trying to crew all its sailings in the face of a global shortage of mariners, which it says has only been made worse by the pandemic. These “severe” staff shortages are due to many factors, WSF says, including an aging workforce, COVID-19 cases and quarantine.

“Given what has happened to the

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