Communities to celebrate new Kwa-di Tabil ferry Kennewick

The communities of Port Townsend, Whidbey Island and Kennewick will join Washington State Ferries and state and local officials to welcome the new ferry Kennewick to the state ferry fleet at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6.

The event celebrating completion of the ferry will take place aboard the Kennewick at the Port Townsend ferry terminal. This celebration also marks the successful completion of the Kwa-di Tabil class (64-car) ferry construction program. The three-vessel program was completed three months early and $6.7 million under budget, ferry officials say.

After remarks by dignitaries, the public can tour the new vessel until 1 p.m. that day. The Kennewick’s in-service date on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route will be announced in early January.

The ferry system is offering free passage for walk-on passengers on the 10:15 a.m. regularly scheduled sailing aboard the Salish. Walk-on passengers are advised to park at the Coupeville park and ride on South Main Street and ride the 9:45 a.m. Island Transit bus Route 6 to the ferry terminal. After the festivities, Route 6 will take attendees back to the park and ride. This bus runs once an hour.


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