Bremerton-Seattle Oct 13, 2012 19:20:24 GMT -8
Post by Deleted on Oct 13, 2012 19:20:24 GMT -8
Oct 13, 2012 18:48:02 GMT -8 @cheese12345678 said:
How about when the Kaleetan is the summer vessel on the Bremerton to Seattle route? By the way, have their been two Super Class vessels on the route together before?
Yes, absolutely. In 1967 when the Super Class vessels were built, Hyak and Yakima were assigned to the Bremerton run and served there for 13 years until a downturn in traffic on that route led to the Supers being replaced by Issaquah-Class boats in the 1980's.
Nowadays, you will occasionally have two Supers serving the route, when the maintenance schedule leads to a shuffling of boats that favours this rotation. It's not unusual to have Kaleetan and Hyak serving side-by-side, and Yakima was even on the route for a brief time a few years ago. More often than not, however, you see Kaleetan paired with Kitsap or Walla Walla.
Traffic levels on the Bremerton route have finally built back up again, so much so that it really has outgrown the Issaquah-Class vessels. The commuters love it when 2 Supers are on the route, or even a Super and a Jumbo, but they hate it when Kitsap, or another Issaquah, is serving, because during the commute times, there are never enough seats on those smaller vessels. The Supers are just about the right size. They have enough seats to accommodate the commuters, and don't have the extra-large vehicle space that goes unused like when Walla Walla is on the route. When the new Olympic Class vessels get put into service, I imagine we will see the issaquah's disappear from the Bremerton route, and either have 2 Supers, or a Super and a new 144.
Cool thank you for a lot bit of history about this route!