Why is there such a long mid-day gap in the spring/fall schedule?
Each seasonal ferry schedule is a compromise between the amount of traffic, the available boats, and the needs of the various riders.


For spring (and fall) we have the same four-boat compliment as winter, but with more crew hours which provides a full four-boat service. So why the gap? The reason is that one of the boats spends half the day running the Sidney service- the Chelan takes the morning Orcas/Shaw/Lopez run and then spends the next 7 hours on the run to Sidney and back. That leaves us with only two boats for the mid-day mainland service.

There are also more direct boats for spring and fall, in order to move more folks more efficiently. This sometimes means sending a large boat to a small island, but more importantly allows dedicated boats to serve the larger islands.


For reference, past schedules are available on the Ferry Related Documents Page.

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1. Why is there such a long mid-day gap in the spring/fall schedule?
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