Ferry and Waterfront Access

Changes to Colman Dock ferry holding this summer

Due to the Washington State Ferries’ busy summer season and ongoing construction projects along the Seattle waterfront, drivers will see a change to ferry holding lanes when Colman Dock reaches capacity. On the busiest travel days, typically Friday afternoons and Saturdays, drivers will need to use an on-street ferry holding lane. 


  • On most days this summer, drivers will continue to enter Colman Dock from northbound or southbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way.
  • Passenger pickup and drop-off will be located on the west side of Alaskan Way between Columbia and Marion streets.
  • On busy travel days, when the holding area on the dock reaches capacity:
    • Northbound drivers will be directed to the holding lane on southbound Alaskan Way.
    • Left turns from northbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way will be limited to freight, motorcycles and vanpools only. 


Pedestrians and bicyclists:

  • Pedestrian access will continue to be available from the Marion Street pedestrian bridge and the temporary walkway from Alaskan Way between Columbia and Marion streets.
  • Bicyclists will continue to access the ferry terminal at Yesler Way. 


Travelers should prepare for additional congestion along Alaskan Way and nearby streets as drivers adjust to the new configuration. Drivers heading to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton or dropping off passengers should arrive well ahead of scheduled sailing times or consider traveling during off-peak times. Travelers can also sign up for travel alerts, follow Washington State Ferries on Twitter, and visit the Washington State Ferries website for the latest information. Below are links to charts that show the best times to travel to or from Colman Dock.