SEATTLE -

Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson decided to break the bottle herself on the hull of the Tokitae to christen the new ferry Thursday at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Seattle.

It's the first of three 144-car Olympic Class ferries to replace the 1950s-era Evergreen State class vessels.

The new vessel is scheduled to go into service this summer on the Mukilteo-Clinton run. The next ferry is under construction and the Legislature recently approved funding for the third. The total budget for all three is $388 million.

Tokitae is a tribal greeting meaning "nice day." It's also the name of a Washington orca better known as Lolita at the Miami Sequarium.