With WA state’s ferries in a ‘critical situation,’ solutions are months, years to come

As of Friday morning, the Washington State Ferry System had canceled 141 total sailings in what the Joint Transportation Committee’s (JTC) ranking House Republican Andrew Barkis called a “critical situation.”

The cancellations have exposed a ferry system that has struggled with staffing issues for years, something which has only been compounded by recent vaccine mandates set to take effect Oct. 18.

Morning. Rough service day due to lack of crew:
▶️#Seattle/#Bainbridge: 1 boat
▶️#Bremerton: 1 boat
▶️#Edmonds/#Kingston: 1 boat
▶️#Mukilteo/#Clinton: 1 boat
▶️#Fauntleroy/#Vashon/#Southworth: 2 boats
▶️#Anacortes/#SanJuanIslands: 3 boats
▶️#PointDefiance/#Tahlequah: No boat

— Washington State Ferries (@wsferries) October 8, 2021

“They do not have the staff to run the system as designed,” Barkis told MyNorthwest. “What

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