Victoria Express

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Victoria Express, also known as Victoria Rapid Transit,[1] was the name of a private, seasonal ferry operation based in Port Angeles, Washington. They operated two passenger-only ferries, on routes between Port Angeles and Victoria, British Columbia and Friday Harbor, Washington during the summer, the 149-seat, 105-foot (32 m) Victoria Express and the 120-foot (37 m) Victoria Express II. Both ferries are gyroscopically stabilized.

In 2006, the Victoria Express II, and in 2007 the Victoria Express main engines were replaced. The new engines are Detroit Diesel Offroad/MTU Series 60 high efficiency engines. The Series 60 is a 4-stroke inline 6 cylinder Diesel engine. The Victoria Express fleet operates on biodiesel.

With the amount of Victoria tourism in 2010, the service, which operated from May to September (May to October for the 2010 season), had the intentions to expand its Port Angeles-Victoria service to operate year-round,[2] but on March 4, it was announced that the service has been discontinued and was purchased by Black Ball Transport which operates the MV Coho on the same route.[1] The service has been renamed Expeditions Northwest and the vessels now operate on eco-tours through the islands, Puget Sound, Juan De Fuca Strait and Victoria, but continue to remain based in Port Angeles. The first trip for the new service debuted on April 16, 2011.[1]

The Victoria Express and the Victoria Express II (the red and white vessels on the far left) docked in Victoria Harbour.


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