Travel Alert Bulletins

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 01:10 PM

PT/CV - One Boat Service with M/V Kennewick
The Port Townsend/Coupeville route continues to operate on a one-boat schedule until further notice. M/V Kennewick will continue to provide one boat service on the route while the Salish remains out of service for repairs.

Reservations are available* for all #1 vessel sailings and can be made up to two hours before sailing time, so please check to make reservations, or to make changes or cancellations to existing reservations on any cancelled sailings.

Due to the reduced capacity, stand-by space will be very limited as reservation holders are prioritized on each sailing. Stand-by customers may be turned away at the terminals if all staging lanes are filled by reservation holders. Walk on space is available for all departures. Your alternate routes are Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton.

Please see the online Schedule for vessel #1 departure times. Alternate routes (Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton) are strongly advised.

*Subject to change due to cancellations and/or changes made to existing reservations.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 04:53 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Intermittent Lane Closures on Madison St - Colman Dock 8/14-25
Underground utility work at 911 Western Ave will intermittently close lanes on Madison Street between Western Ave and Alaskan Way Monday-Friday Aug 14- Aug. 25 from 7 am until 3 pm Monday-Thursday; 7 am until 1 pm on Friday. Drivers who use Madison Street to access Colman Dock should plan for delays. Utility crews will close all lanes on Madison street on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Alternate route to Colman Dock is southbound Alaskan Way along the waterfront.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 04:46 PM

Sea/Brem - Kaleetan Propulsion Generator Maintenance
Because of a pending maintenance issue with one of the M/V Kaleetan’s propulsion generators, the vessel will run on half power during the periods of 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. daily until further notice. This may cause delays on the Seattle/Bremerton route during non-peak hours, but it will allow the vessel to continue service on the route until WSF can address the problem. WSF apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates your patience and understanding.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 07:23 AM

Sea/Brem - Chimacum #1 Elevator is Temporarily Unavailable
The #1 elevator on the M/V Chimacum is temporarily out of service for maintenance. Upper deck access is available via the #2 elevator on the vessel. Updates will be provided as conditions change.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 04:37 AM

Edm/King - Update - Kingston Terminal Overhead Passenger Walkway Hours
Pressure washing and painting activities at the Kingston Terminal began July 10 and will continue through the end of August. Between the hours of 7:30 am and 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday, the overhead passenger walkway will be closed for pressure washing. During this time, passengers will load from the car deck. We apologize for any inconvenience. Updates will occur as the work nears completion.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:54 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Colman Dock Holding Area Capacity Reduction Starts July 3
Starting Monday morning, July 3, the construction work zone to replace the aging and seismically vulnerable Colman Dock terminal will expand onto the trestle, reducing holding area capacity. Also, between July 3 and July 5, the southern exit lanes at Yesler Way will be realigned to accommodate the new work zone. During this time, exiting traffic may be directed to the northern exit at Marion Street. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For more information, please visit the Project Website.

Friday, July 14, 2017 12:47 PM

Sea/BI - Bainbridge Truck Traffic Must Use Marion Street Exit
Due to construction channelization at Colman Dock, trucks longer than 40 feet offloading from Bainbridge must exit the Seattle terminal via Marion Street, Monday-Friday, from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 09:48 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Update - Colman Dock Elevators Back in Service
The north and south passenger elevators at Colman Dock are back in service.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 04:38 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Vehicle Access and Queuing Changes at Colman Dock Now in Place
Starting June 27, the area in front of Colman Dock between Madison St. and Yesler Way will be used as vehicle lanes for tollbooth access and ferry queuing. Drivers may now enter Colman Dock from northbound Alaskan Way under the viaduct or via westbound Madison St. Vanpools, motorcycles and trucks may continue to enter the dock from Yesler Way. For more information, please visit the Project Website. These traffic pattern changes are in preparation of major construction to replace the aging and seismically-vulnerable Seattle ferry terminal. Colman Dock Traffic Access Changes.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:54 AM

Sea/Brem/BI - ADA Alert - Walk on Passenger "Pre-Boarding" Information
Please be advised that as of June 8, WSF can no longer offer “pre-boarding” privileges to customers at the Seattle/Colman Dock and Bremerton ferry terminals because of ongoing construction and safety concerns. Walk-on passengers are asked to pay attention to signage and to terminal staff for instructions on where to wait to board WSF vessels, which may change as construction progresses. If you need special assistance to board a vessel, please let one of our terminal staff know. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we improve our facilities.

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:35 PM

Loading Procedures at Terminals with Overhead Passenger Walkways
The following alert is a correction to a previous alert sent Friday, June 23 about procedural changes at terminals with overhead passenger loading:

In an effort to promote consistent boarding procedures and to align the timing of passenger and vehicle/bicycle loads, WSF updated procedures at those terminals where walk-on passengers board via overhead walkways. The intent of the change is to synchronize the raising of the overhead walkway off the vessel at the same time as the vehicle-loading ramp, not to prohibit loading at 2-minutes prior to departure.

What has not changed: 2-minutes prior to the scheduled departure time, the vessel master will notify terminal and deck personnel to begin departure protocols.

New procedure: After a vessel’s 2-minute warning announcement, WSF will continue to load passengers, vehicles, and bicycles until there is verbal confirmation to the master that there are no more passengers coming through the turnstile or loading doors. In the past, vehicles and bicycles were stopped before the passenger turnstiles locked, even though walk-on passengers were still making their way through the overhead loading chute. The new policy allows vehicles and bicycles to load longer, not being stopped until all walk-ons are on board.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 04:38 AM

Fall Sailing Schedule Released August 1
On August 1, reservations for fall travel were released for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Anacortes/Sidney, BC, and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. On the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route, WSF releases 30% of all reservable space two months prior to the schedule start date; all reservable tall space is also released during this time period. An additional 30% of reservable space is released at 7:00 a.m. two weeks before each sailing date, and a final 30% is released two days before each sailing date.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 206 464 6400 and speaking with an Information Agent.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:54 AM

Anacortes/Sidney BC - Identification is Required
U.S. and Canadian citizens 16 years of age and older traveling to or from Sidney BC must have one of the following designated documents: current passport, current passport card, enhanced driver's license (EDL), or "trusted traveler" document such as a Nexus Card. Travelers must have required travel documents ready and in hand upon arrival at the tollbooth.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 01:02 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Fauntleroy Tollbooth & Traffic Changes Started 6/19
Starting Monday, June 19, all drivers must stop at the tollbooth to buy or redeem tickets. Drivers will receive a destination card and a receipt, and will no longer have to stop again after the tollbooth to scan tickets. Instead, they must keep their destination cards visible, and will be directed to the appropriate holding lane.

WSF implemented these changes to the Fauntleroy traffic patterns with the aim of improving efficiency at the tollbooth during peak commute time.

While we expect the new process to be more efficient than the current one, customers could still experience extended wait times during the busy summer season when the volume of vehicles waiting to board exceeds capacity. We will closely monitor how things are working for at least 30 days, and will make any necessary improvements or adjustments based on the performance data.

Last, but not least, please follow all instructions from WSF staff and signs, and be patient while employees and other customers learn the new procedures. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

For more information about the new procedure, please visit FVS Improvement. To purchase tickets online, visit Wave2Go.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:54 AM

Muk/Clin - Pick Up and Drop Off at Clinton Must Enter Through Tollbooth
Customers using the ADA/limited mobility pick-up and drop-off area at the Clinton terminal must enter through the tollbooth instead of the transit bus lanes. Entering through the tollbooth helps keep car traffic out of the bus lanes and ensures your safety and security on the dock. Passengers that are able to walk a short distance can save time and avoid lineups at the tollbooth by using the designated drop-off/pick-up area across from the phone booth on Ferry Dock road. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.