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February 19, 2015 at 6:24 AM

Ferry shuffle leaves Vashon/W. Seattle route with older, slower Evergreen State

The ferry commute to and from Bremerton will be back to normal Thursday while the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth passengers get the short end of the stick for a couple of weeks.

The 124-vehicle Kitsap ferry broke down Wednesday on the Seattle/Bremerton route and will be out for about two weeks with repairs. The Washington State Department of Transportation pulled the 124-vehicle Cathlamet from the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route to fill the gap on the Seattle/Bremerton route.

The older, slower 87-vehicle Evergreen State is replacing the Cathlamet on the Vashon/West Seattle route. The vessel will maintain the No. 2 sailing position during the week day, and WSDOT advises passengers that the Evergreen State may not be able to maintain the schedule during periods of heavy commuter traffic.

The commute on the Evergreen State will be a bit more primitive as well. WSDOT warns commuters that the ferry will not have Wi-Fi, galley service or vending machines on board. Vending machines are available in the terminals.

Low tides in February will cancel one or more sailings from Port Townsend and Coupeville in February. The last sailing on Thursday will be the 5:15 p.m. from Port Townsend and the 6 p.m. from Coupeville. Check the WSDOT tide cancellations page for a complete list of affected dates and departures.

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