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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 04:33 PM

Severe weather message to customers - 1/23
The National Weather Service is predicting severe winds in our region January 23. This storm system is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Western Washington. Safety is the number one priority of Washington State Ferries, so in the event of extremely severe weather, customers can expect WSF to take precautions that will affect the sailing schedule.

To assist our customers in making travel plans, here are some of the possible service disruptions customers may experience in bad weather. Please keep in mind that these are only predictions, and WSF will be monitoring the situation in real time to make appropriate adjustments to schedules and service:

• Anacortes/San Juan Islands: Customers can expect delays on this route while the ferries move at slower speeds and take alternate storm routes.

• Mukilteo/Clinton: Sailings between Mukilteo and Clinton may experience choppy waters and a bumpy ride.

• Port Townsend/Coupeville: Service on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route may be suspended in the event of strong winds.

• Central Puget Sound/South Sound routes: These routes are not likely to experience many impacts from the storm, though it’s possible that heavy traffic will delay service.

In addition, in inclement weather boats may be “shortloaded”—not loaded to full capacity—to stabilize the vessels and keep more weight on the boat’s stern (back end).

WSF is fortunate to have highly-trained and capable captains, crews, and staff who are prepared for any situation. We ask that customers please extend their patience and cooperation to them as delays and cancellations are likely. WSF will closely monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

Thank you for your time and attention!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 04:33 PM

Edm/King - M/V Puyallup replaces M/V Hyak, 1/23
On Tuesday, January 23, the 202-vehicle M/V Puyallup replaces the 144-vehicle M/V Hyak, beginning with the Kingston 3:10 pm sailing to Edmonds. The galley is open for service.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 04:33 PM

Sea/BI - M/V Tacoma returns to service, 1/23
On Tuesday, January 23, the M/V Tacoma returns to the Seattle/Bainbridge route with the 2:00 pm sailing to Bainbridge. The galley is open for service.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 04:34 PM

Sea/Brem - 124-car Chelan replaced 144-car Chimacum
On Monday, Jan. 22, due to planned maintenance the 124-car Chelan will replaced the 144-car Chimacum. This results in a vessel capacity reduction of 20 vehicles per sailing. The Chelan will operate as the #1 vessel on the Seattle/Bremerton route until further notice. View the schedule at:


Tuesday, January 23, 2018 08:30 PM

Muk/Clin - ADA Alert - #1 passenger elevator on M/V Tokitae back in service
The #1 passenger elevator on the M/V Tokitae is back in service.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 05:16 PM

Ana/SJs - Update - M/V Elwha and M/V Yakima galleys are open, 1/12
Galley service on the upper decks of the "Super” class vessels, M/V Elwha and M/V Yakima reopened today. Food service will be available, but all other upper deck access and seating will remain closed due to Coast Guard regulations. Passengers will be able to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverage items in the upper deck galley, and return to the lower passenger deck. (Please note that Washington State law prohibits the consumption of alcohol outside of the designated galley serving/seating area; therefore, alcoholic beverages cannot be sold on these vessels while the upper passenger deck is closed for the winter sailing schedule.)

View the Anacortes Terminal Conditions page for galley hours for each vessel. Vessel numbers appear on the online schedule next to each departure time.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 08:24 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Reminder - Sailing schedule changes on Seattle routes began Jan. 7
Please be advised that significant schedule changes on Seattle/Bremerton and Seattle/Bainbridge Island routes started on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Some sailings have shifted 5-15 minutes earlier or later, especially during the PM commute. Please check the new schedule online or pick up a printed blue 2018 winter sailing schedule at the terminal.

The sailing schedule change is needed to accommodate construction at Colman Dock through 2023:

Colman Dock Project Website

Thursday, January 11, 2018 09:06 PM

Ana/SJ's/Sidney - Winter Schedule began Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
Washington State Ferries’ winter schedule began Jan. 7, 2018 and runs through March 31, 2018. Service out of Anacortes to Sidney, B.C. will be suspended for the winter. The Anacortes/San Juan Island routes will operate three vessels on weekends (no dedicated inter-island vessel) with four vessels in service on weekdays. Please check the new schedule online or pick up a blue 2018 winter sailing schedule at the terminal or on the vessels.

Friday, January 05, 2018 07:35 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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:13 PM

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.

Friday, January 05, 2018 07:35 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Colman Construction - Loud pile driving 9/25 through early 2018
Customers should expect increased noise and vibrations on Colman Dock as crews work from barges to install large steel support piles on the southern trestle (Bremerton side). Pile driving work will occur Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through mid-February 2018. To reduce impact noise, WSF will vibrate the piles deep into the ground before using an 11-ton hammer to secure the piles into place. This work is part of WSF’s 5-year project to replace the aging and seismically vulnerable parts of Colman Dock. Free earplugs are available inside the terminal building at the Information Booth. Please visit the Colman Dock Project website for more information:

Colman Dock Project

Friday, January 05, 2018 07:35 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Fauntleroy Tollbooth & Traffic Changes Started 6/19
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.

Customers could still experience extended wait times during peak travel periods when volume of vehicles waiting to board exceeds capacity. Please follow all instructions from WSF staff and signs. For more information about the new procedure, please visit FVS Improvement. To purchase tickets online, visit Wave2Go.

Friday, January 05, 2018 07:35 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Colman Dock Holding Area Capacity Reduction Started 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, January 05, 2018 07:35 PM

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.