DOT Secretary Takes Ferry Ride To Talk With Frustrated Commuters

SEATTLE (AP) — Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond took a ferry ride on the Vashon Island route to talk with Seattle commuters frustrated at delays.

On the Wednesday morning ride from Southworth to West Seattle Hammond says she heard people complain they can’t get to work and back home in time to see their children.

She apologized at the short notice for taking one of three ferries on the route out of service for maintenance, a situation that will continue until the middle of next month.

Hammond says the ferry system is feeling the crunch of a maintenance backlog and not having a source of funds for a sustainable boat-building process.