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Washington Ferry Service
Thu July 31, 2014
Capacci Says Ferries Back to Normal Saturday
It's been a rough week for ferry users, but Washington State Ferries hopes to restore its Puget Sound service to normal by Saturday.
The agency says normal service will be made possible by the return of the ferry “Wenatchee,” which has been in dry dock for repairs in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Multiple ferry runs have been disrupted since Tuesday. That's when the ferry "Tacoma" lost power on the busy Seattle to Bainbridge Island route. A ferry was also shifted from the Edmonds-Kingston route, causing delays for those riders.
That's on top of two ferries already out for scheduled maintenance.
Captain George Capacci is the interim head of the ferry system. Speaking on a conference call with reporters, he apologized to customers and said having four ferries out for repairs is unprecedented.
Engineers are still working to determine what's wrong with the “Tacoma” ferry power system.
Capacci says he's not expecting a repair plan for that vessel until next week.
As part of the shuffle, service is canceled Thursday and Friday on the international run between Anacortes and Sidney, British Columbia.
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