asleep at the switch eh?
[B]Ferry loses power, commuters see long lines and delays as a result
by KING 5 News and Associated Press
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM
SEATTLE – The Washington state ferry Tacoma lost power while on a run and got stuck in the middle of Puget Sound Tuesday afternoon, stranding hundreds on board. The inconvenience didn’t end there.
The loss of one ferry created a ripple effect that caused long lines and delays throughout the busy afternoon commute.
The Tacoma was traveling from Seattle to Bainbridge Island with 405 passengers and 138 cars on board when it lost propulsion just before 1 p.m.
“At first I was a little nervous, and I wanted to pay attention to my surroundings and figure out if what they were telling us was really going on,” said passenger Deborah Berlinski.
The vessel dropped anchor while the Coast Guard was notified and Washington State Ferries dispatched tugs to the scene. Captain Ty Anderson said the key was to stay calm for his crew and the passengers.
Two tugs pulled the ferry to the Bainbridge Island ferry dock around 3 p.m. Another ferry that was on the Bremerton-to-Seattle run, the Sealth, had been rerouted to be on standby status next to the Tacoma.
Passengers were stuck on the ferry were given travel vouchers as they deboarded the vessel.
Washington State Ferries said the Tacoma will remain out of service. It would be towed to a repair dock so engineers could try to determine why it lost power, ferry officials said.
With the ferry run down to just one ferry, Washington State Ferries warned big lines and delays with service.
“There’s just one boat going back and forth, normally there’s two,” said passenger Molly Jackson. “Not ideal, for sure.”
To correct the problem on one of the state’s busiest ferry routes in time for the Wednesday morning commute, Washington State Ferries announced that the Seattle to Bainbridge route will return to a two boat schedule by 5:20 a.m. Wednesday.
In order to make that happen, the Edmonds/Kingston route will be operating with just one ferry on Wednesday, July 30th. That means the long lines and delays could shift to that ferry route. Updates will be posted here.
Ferry riders, both walk-on and those traveling in vehicles, are encouraged to check the schedules before you travel and plan ahead when it comes to that morning commute.
Speaking of switches, I wonder what those fine engineers on the TACOMA did to cause the vessel to go black? I guess the vessel must be diesel electric and something went poof in the board otherwise one would think the other end could bring the vessel to the dock. A BIG BUNCH OF BANANAS!