SEATTLE - State ferry officials are launching a week-long 'listening tour' to try to improve long, frustrating ferry lines.

The focus is on the triangle route of Vashon, Fauntleroy, and Southworth where it was a tough Summer for riders who often endured two-hour wait times. Long lines in West Seattle spanned all the way back to California Avenue on some days which is more than a mile away.

During listening sessions, WSDOT Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith and other Ferries officials will be on hand to hear each community’s concerns and priorities.

WSF says the meetings are a first step toward improving conditions on the route and at the ferry terminals.

Meeting schedule:

Southworth: Monday, Oct. 24
6–7:30 p.m.
John Sedgwick Jr. High, 8995 SE Sedgewick Road
Port Orchard, WA 9836

Vashon: Wednesday, Oct. 26
6–7:30 p.m.
McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Road
Vashon, WA 9807

West Seattle: Thursday, Oct. 27
5–6:30 p.m.
Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98136