New Washington ferry Salish enters service

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The new Washington state ferry Salish is now in service.

Ferry system spokeswoman Laura Johnson says it departed Port Townsend at noon Friday on its first run to Whidbey Island, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

The Salish joins the Chetzemoka on the route. There are two ferries are on the route for the first time since the Steel-Electric Class ferries were taking out of service in 2007 because of corrosion.

The ferry system expects to take delivery of a third new 64-car ferry, the Kennewick, by the end of the year.