sailings still lagged well behind what riders considered to be acceptable OTP. They also thoughtthat the reduction of ferry runs had caused then longer back-ups during the weekday commutes.
Schedule effect on Back-ups
Ray discussed ferry backups. Ferry Alerts are a means of estimating how frequently ferries gointo an overload condition. This data is comparable to being somewhat worse than ’09. Therehas been a noticeable increase in “pop up” overloads occurring in the late morning. There is alsoan issue of the growth in ferry backups in Kingston on Saturday afternoons.
Rider issues with the schedule
Ray Then went on t address specific problems that rides had with the schedule. Most liked theFriday schedule. The biggest issue appears to be with the loss of the 5:50 boat and reducedSaturday sailings.
Rex and asked attendees to prioritize the issues that they wanted ferries to wok on.The results of this prioritization were:1: Increase route thru put. This includes having greater vehicle capacity at high demand times.This includes eventually assigning a third boat to the route during peak times2: Several tied items:
Increase crew ownership of having good on-time performance
Address need to greater capacity to reduce Edmonds back-ups
Restore a late (10:35PM) sailing. (This could be done at the expense of the early SundayAM sailings)3. Address the problems associated with the loss of the weekday 5:50 boat4. Improve Saturday PM capacity to reduce back-us5. Improve afternoon commute OTP
Questions and comments
Capacity and traffic back-upsWhat monitoring is being done for the traffic back-ups in Kingston? There is no monitoringsystem in place to assess Kingston’s back-ups. WSF will look into what can be done with respectto using the baseline camera back-up data that collected in ’09 to compare it to 2010 back-ups.Mention was made of in-road sensors on SR 104 but those present did not know what data theycollected of how that was used. WSF acknowledged that Saturday afternoon backups in Kingstonappear to have increased. riders observed that the summer traffic lines in Edmonds appear to belonger however there does not appear to be direct date to assess this. It was recommended thatthere be a means to collect data on the extent of ferry back-ups.It was observed that while “travel alert” data showed when ferries were overloaded.. Alertshowever are not a reliable means to estimate the extent of traffic back-up. It was stronglyrecommended that, to effectively manage ferry service, WSF develop means of having reliabletraffic back-up data.It was strongly requested that WSF include a third summer Kingston boat be included in longrange planning. Not only would it help satisfy a clear need but also have a positive net cash flowLoading/UnloadingSeveral comments were made that ferry and terminal crews did not always load the ferry as soonas possible after it was unloaded. Crews were often observed standing around not loading when it