EDMONDS — The boat shuffle is in full swing with the 188-car Walla Walla out of service for four weeks on the Seattle-Bremerton route.
It has hit home, with the 64-car Salish ferry taking the place of the 202-car Puyallup on the Edmonds-Kingston run.
The Salish is “temporarily” assigned, according to Washington State Ferries.
Waits on Friday and over the weekend were several hours on the Edmonds-Kingston run. On Monday, crew shortages delayed the start of the Salish until 7 a.m.
In the boat shuffle, the Puyallup is pulling duty on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route. The 144-car Chimacum is filling in for the Walla Walla on the Seattle-Bremerton route.
Two weeks ago, the Edmonds-Kingston run was down to one boat for two days after mechanical issues docked the 188-car vessel Spokane. The repairs were completed Sept. 15. The Spokane is back in service, carrying the biggest load on the run.
The Mukilteo-Clinton route was not affected by the recent boat shuffle, but crewing shortages led to long waits the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17.
The ferry system’s fall sailing schedule has started, with minor tweaks and fewer late night sailings on some routes.