Bainbridge ferry troubles leaves traffic backed up on island

Bainbridge Island’s troubled ferry route just got a bit worse Wednesday.

Washington State Ferries is advising travelers on the Bainbridge-Seattle route to expect a two-hour wait before catching a ferry.

The advisory was issued just after noon July 5 as southbound traffic to the Bainbridge terminal stretched all the way north to High School Road.

The Bainbridge route has been beset by backups throughout the holiday weekend.

The trouble started Friday, June 30 when the ferry M/V Tacoma was pulled from service due to mechanical problems, leaving the route with just one boat.

Problems started with the first sailings last Friday, after an issue arose with an alarm monitoring system.

The Tacoma was quickly returned to the route, but problems with the drive motor forced WSF to keep the vessel at the dock the afternoon on Sunday, July 2 for more repairs.

The shift to one-boat service left long lines for the route in Seattle and on the island throughout the holiday weekend.

Repairs to the vessel continued through Tuesday, July 4, and regular, two-boat sailings finally restarted with the Bainbridge 4:35 p.m. sailing to Seattle on July 4.