John Vezina, WSF communications, 206-473-9945
SEATTLE – Beginning in May 2019, the newest Washington State ferry, Suquamish (soo-KWAH-mish), will make its summer home on the Mukilteo/Clinton route.
Suquamish, the fourth Olympic class vessel in the Washington State Ferries fleet, will run on the Mukilteo/Clinton route from mid-May until mid-October, when ferry travel is at its peak. The rest of the year, it will serve as a maintenance relief boat for both the Super class and other Olympic class ferries.
“Construction of the Suquamish is well underway at Vigor’s Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle,” said Lynne Griffith, WSDOT assistant secretary, ferries division. “We based the decision to place the Suquamish on the Mukilteo/Clinton run on a variety of factors including capacity, maintenance, operating costs and ridership numbers. We think the best use of our newest ferry is serving a busy route during peak seasons and providing relief for other vessels during the slower winter months.”
The Mukilteo/Clinton route carries the most vehicles of any route in the system: more than 2.2 million in 2015. The route is typically served by a 144-car Olympic Class ferry and a 124-car Issaquah class ferry. The Suquamish will bring much-needed additional vehicle capacity during the route’s busiest season.
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