Washington State Department of Transportation website, cameras, alerts and mobile app are coming back online … slowly


The Washington State Department of Transportation’s website, cameras, alerts and mobile apps were taken out of service on Sunday by a massive power outage that took down the website and travel information.

By mid-morning on Monday, some news, including certain ferry schedules, was back on line, while others, such as traffic cameras, went down.

An alert regarding the failure has been posted on Twitter late Sunday evening. WSDOT said Monday it had worked all night to restore the tools.

For several hours, Twitter appeared to be the only way for the state’s transportation system to disseminate information.

Technicians are working on the outage, WSDOT tweeted, but said there was no estimated time to fix it.

In the meantime, the transport system has published a list of all the Twitter accounts the agency uses as well as a list of other accounts with traffic information.

Washington State Ferries, which is part of WSDOT, published the following information on the number of vessels in service on each route:

  • The Bainbridge-Seattle, Kingston-Edmonds and Mukilteo-Clinton routes have two boats and follow their regular schedule.
  • Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth owns three ships.
  • The Bremerton-Seattle route has only one boat, as has been the case for several months.
  • The Port Townsend-Coupeville link has only one vessel.
  • The Anacortes-San Juan route has four boats, including the inter-island route.
  • PointDefianceTahlequah (Vashon) did not have service early Monday morning as the ship serving that route is out of service. Shortly after 7:30 a.m., WSF posted on Twitter that repairs to the ship were complete and regular service had resumed on the route.

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