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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 06:04 PM

Sea/BI/Brem: Prepare for winter schedule changes due to Colman Dock construction
The sailing schedule will change on Seattle/Bremerton and Seattle/Bainbridge Island routes with the Winter 2018 schedule, starting Jan. 7, 2018. Some Bremerton sailings depart 5-15 minutes earlier; some Bainbridge sailings depart 5-15 minutes later. You can prepare in advance by checking the Winter 2018 schedule online. The sailing schedule changes will remain in effect until the Colman Dock Project is complete in 2023. For more information, please visit the Colman Dock Project website.

Winter 2018 sailing schedule: Winter 2018


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 08:42 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Construction activity along 103rd Ave SW
King County Wastewater is installing some new equipment near the ferry terminal on Vashon for the Bunker Trail sewer upgrade project. Crews are installing dewatering equipment at the Vashon Bunker Trail (BT) 1 and 2 starting today Monday, November 13. One lane will remain closed between Bunker Trail 1 and Bunker Trail 3 along 103 Avenue SW.

What you can expect during construction:

  • Flaggers will help move traffic through the work site
  • One lane closed along 103rd Avenue SW between BT1 and BT3 work sites
  • Coordination with Washington State Department of Transportation to minimize impact to the ferry schedule
  • Access at all times for ferry traffic, emergency vehicles, school buses, and neighborhood residents
  • Work crew, trucks, and drilling equipment in the street and public right-of-way on the curb and sidewalk
  • Increased noise on site
  • Work hours are weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. No work on holidays

Please visit the following link for a map and more detail:
Vashon 103 Ave. Project Info


Thursday, November 16, 2017 03:12 PM

Seahawks Pep Rally for Monday Nov. 20
Hawks fans are invited to wear Seahawks colors and join WSF aboard the 1:45 p.m. sailing from Bremerton to Seattle for a floating pep rally on Monday, Nov. 20! All participants will receive a coupon good for free admission to a pre-game tailgate at Safeco Field. The first 500 fans onboard also will enjoy a free Seahawks cookie. For more information, visit Seahawks Pep Rally. Vehicles and passengers must disembark the vessel if planning to immediately return to Bremerton. WSF encourages fans to avoid long game-day lines at the terminal by pre-purchasing return trip tickets in advance.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 01:46 PM

Winter 2018 Reservations Are Now Available
Reservations are now available for the upcoming 2018 Winter Schedule (Jan. 7 - March 31 2018). Reservations can be made online at TakeAFerry or by calling 511 and speaking with an Information Agent.

The Winter 2018 schedule for all routes is also available to view online at: Winter 2018 Schedule


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 08:43 PM

Sea/BI - Tacoma Replaced Puyallup Thursday, 11/9
The 202-vehicle M/V Tacoma returned to service on the Seattle/Bainbridge route Thursday, November 9 beginning with the 11:30 am departure from Bainbridge, replacing the 202-vehicle M/V Puyallup for scheduled maintenance. The galley will be open for full service.

Passengers may notice some changes on the vehicle deck of the Tacoma. The deck has been restriped so it is more clear where bicyclists park and disembark. The creative striping means bicycle parking is slightly expanded with no loss of capacity for other users. Additionally, there are new designated motorcycle parking areas painted on the lower car deck.

There are no procedural changes in they way bicycles and motorcycles will load and unload. These modifications will allow bicyclists to get off the boat faster and will create a safer environment for everyone. All of our other Jumbo Mark II ferries will get upgraded striping and new bike racks over the coming months as they go in for regular maintenance.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017 12:59 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - WSF teams up with Movember Foundation
You may have noticed an addition to the iconic exterior of M/V Puyallup and M/V Tacoma. WSF has teamed up with the Movember Foundation to bring awareness to men’s health issues by sporting the foundation’s signature black mustache. The mustaches will be in place through the end of November. For more information on the Movember Foundation, please visit Movember.


Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:22 AM

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, November 01, 2017 01:26 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


Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:22 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.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017 02:38 PM

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, November 08, 2017 03:08 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.


Saturday, November 11, 2017 02:13 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.


Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:22 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.