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Ferry delays lead to schedule changes for Seattle-Bremerton run

Seahawks fans put delayed ferries to the test on the run to Bremerton Friday, as the crowds pushed boat capacities in their efforts to get home. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Seahawks fans put delayed ferries to the test on the run to Bremerton Friday, as the crowds pushed boat capacities in their efforts to get home.

“It sucks that we had to leave,” said De’Non Jones, a Hawks fan who lives in Bremerton. “We paid to go to the game but we had to leave early to try to make the boat."

Even before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs ended, the walk-on wait stretched through the terminal and out the door.

“We left the game early to make sure that we actually make it on the ferry so we're not stuck here,” said Krystal Amacher, a Bremerton resident. “So we missed the whole last quarter of the game."

The crowds wanted to avoid a repeat of last Friday following the preseason home opener, when Hawks fans with tickets for Bremerton got turned away on the final ferry run because the boat was at capacity.

Part of the problem is mechanical issues aboard the Kaleetan. For the past week the ferry has been running at reduced power, which has triggered cascading delays and angry passengers.

However, starting Saturday August 26, the Seattle-Bremerton route will start operating on a modified schedule. Some runs will be canceled, but state ferries spokesperson Justin Fujioka said the new schedule will more accurately represent the true arrival and departure times, given that the Kaleetan is running on reduced speed.

“It will basically just give passengers a little more confidence as far as what our scheduled time is,” Fujioka said.

The modified schedule is expected to remain in effect until another boat can be brought in, and the Kaleetan can undergo repairs.

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