Washington State Ferries' decision to delay the resumption of ferry service between Anacortes and Sidney until 2030 is troubling for many reasons. We are in this situation largely because of self-inflicted wounds caused by WSF itself, and as a result, thousands of riders have suffered in numerous ways. The two most glaring issues relate to the two reasons WSF is using to justify its current decision. 

1. Crew Shortages – The state decided to terminate all employees who refused to be vaccinated at a time when many were questioning the rationale for doing so, and in retrospect have learned that being vaccinated was no guarantee to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19. The mandate resulted in a loss of hundreds of DOT employees, including over 100 long-term, well-trained Ferries employees. Hundreds of sailings were canceled because of crew shortages, causing remarkable disruption for riders. 

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