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Monday, June 26, 2017 09:10 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Vehicle Access to Colman Dock Changes June 27
Starting Tuesday, June 27, WSF will change the way vehicles enter Colman Dock along Alaskan Way. These changes are needed to prepare for the start of major construction on the Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project in August. More details will be provided soon. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.


Friday, June 23, 2017 09:13 PM

Overhead Passenger Loading Stops Two Minutes Before Departure
In an effort to improve safety and promote consistent boarding procedures at those terminals where there is overhead passenger loading, please be advised that exactly two minutes prior to a vessel’s scheduled departure time, passengers will no longer be allowed to board the vessel. This means that turnstiles and doors will be closed, and traffic arms will be dropped. This applies only to terminals where there is overhead passenger loading, and it is so that crews can conduct important departure protocols in the last two minutes before sailing. Thank you for your cooperation.


Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:42 AM

PT/Coup - 6/26 Tidal Cancellations
Tidal currents will cancel one or more sailings from Port Townsend and Coupeville in June. Please see our Tidal Cancellations table for a complete list of affected dates and departures.

On Monday, June 26, due to tidal currents, the 8:45 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:15 AM, and 11:00 AM sailings from Port Townsend, and the 9:30 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:00 AM, and 11:45 AM sailings from Coupeville are cancelled.


Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:06 AM

PT/Coup - Update: State Route 20 in Jefferson CO. Reopens Ahead of Schedule.
WSDOT has good news for drivers who use State Route 20 in Jefferson County. The highway at milepost 3 reopened to traffic at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 25, over 25 hours ahead of schedule.


Friday, June 23, 2017 04:15 PM

Edm/King - Low Tides May Affect Travel for Low Clearance Trucks, June 22-27
Please be advised that from Thursday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 27, low tides may affect travel for low-clearance trucks, trailers, and other tow vehicles on the Edmonds/Kingston route. These vehicle types with less than 14 inches of clearance from the ground to the undercarriage of the vehicle, may be delayed depending on the tides during this time period and will have to wait until the tide comes in to depart the terminal.

Low Tides will prevent travel for these vehicles on the following days:

  • 6/22/17, Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (-2.4’)
  • 6/23/17, Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (-3.2’)
  • 6/24/17, Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (-3.6’)
  • 6/25/17, Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (3.6’)
  • 6/26/17, Monday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (-3.1’)
  • 6/27/17, Tuesday, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; (-2.2’

We apologize for any inconvenience in advance. Thank you very much for your understanding and working with us.


Friday, June 23, 2017 04:14 PM

Muk/Clin - Low Tides May Affect Travel for Low Clearance Trucks, June 22-27
Please be advised that from Thursday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 27, low tides may affect travel for low-clearance trucks, trailers, and other tow vehicles on the Mukilteo/Clinton route. These vehicle types with less than 14 inches of clearance from the ground to the undercarriage of the vehicle, may be delayed depending on the tides during this time period and will have to wait until the tide comes in to depart the terminal.

Low Tides will prevent travel for these vehicles on the following days:

  • 6/22/17, Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (-2.4’)
  • 6/23/17, Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (-3.2’)
  • 6/24/17, Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (-3.6’)
  • 6/25/17, Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (3.6’)
  • 6/26/17, Monday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (-3.1’)
  • 6/27/17, Tuesday, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; (-2.2’

We apologize for any inconvenience in advance. Thank you very much for your understanding and working with us.


Monday, June 26, 2017 05:22 AM

Ana/SJs - Summer 2017 Schedule Began June 25
The Summer 2017 sailing schedule began Sunday, June 25. The Anacortes/San Juan Islands route has an additional vessel and better connections to Anacortes and Friday Harbor during commute hours.

We recommend making vehicle reservations in advance. 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 are available westbound from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, Lopez, Shaw and Orcas. Eastbound reservations to Anacortes are available from Friday Harbor and Orcas Island.

Anacortes/San Juan Island: SummerSchedule

Reservations: VehicleReservations


Monday, June 26, 2017 05:11 AM

Muk/Clin - Summer 2017 Schedule Began June 25
The Summer 2017 sailing schedule began Sunday, June 25. In an effort to address on time performance, the Mukilteo/Clinton route will adjust afternoon sailing times by 5-10 minutes. There will also be additional late night sailings Thursday through Sundays, later final sailings on Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning and additional early morning sailings on Saturday mornings.

WSF recommends planning summer ferry travel outside of peak hours which are Friday afternoons and evenings westbound and Sunday afternoons eastbound. Check the summer 2017 sailing schedule by route or pick up a red, printed copy on vessels or at any terminal.

Mukilteo/Clinton schedule: Mukilteo/Clinton

To view the reasons for the above changes to the schedule please visit: Mukilteo/ClintonScheduleChanges


Monday, June 26, 2017 09:05 AM

Summer Schedule Took Effect June 25
Please be advised that WSF’s Summer Sailing Schedule went into effect on Sunday, June 25. Schedule highlights include increased service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, two trips to Sidney, B.C., and increased service between Mukilteo and Clinton. Know before you go—check out WSF’s Summer Sailing Schedule at: SummerSchedule


Monday, June 26, 2017 05:17 AM

Ana/Sidney - Summer 2017 Schedule Began June 25
The Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. route began two daily roundtrips with the summer schedule instead of one. Reservation space is not released in tiers for the international route as it is with the domestic San Juan Island routes. All space for all sailings through September 30 have been released and is available online or by calling and speaking with an Information Agent at 206-464-6400. WSF recommends making vehicle reservations in advance at TakeAFerry.

The summer schedule is available on the WSF website to view, or you can pick up a red printed schedule at one of the terminals or on one of the vessels.

Schedule: Anacortes/SidneySchedule


Monday, June 26, 2017 05:18 AM

PT/Coup - Summer 2017 Schedule Began June 25
The Summer 2017 sailing schedule began Sunday, June 25. Two-boat service on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route will continue through October 9. We recommend making vehicle reservations in advance at TakeAFerry and planning summer ferry travel outside of peak hours which are on Friday afternoons and evenings westbound, and Sunday afternoons eastbound.


Monday, June 26, 2017 05:20 AM

Faunt/Va/SW - Summer 2017 Schedule Began June 25
The Summer 2017 sailing schedule began Sunday, June 25. The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route returned to summer service levels including three boat service on the weekends. We recommend planning summer ferry travel outside of peak hours, which are on Friday afternoons and evenings westbound and Sunday afternoons eastbound. Check the summer 2017 sailing schedule by route or pick up a red, printed copy on vessels or at any terminal.

Fauntleroy/Vashon Schedule: Fauntleroy/Vashon

Fauntleroy/Southworth Schedule: Fauntleroy/Southworth

Southworth/Vashon Schedule: Southworth/Vashon


Thursday, June 22, 2017 09:48 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Fauntleroy Tollbooth & Traffic Changes Start Mon. 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 is implementing changes to 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.


Friday, June 23, 2017 04:17 PM

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, June 19, 2017 08:23 PM

Muk/Clin - Reminder - Chelan Replaced Tokitae, 6/12
On Monday, June 12, the M/V Chelan, which holds approximately 124 vehicles, temporarily replaced the M/V Tokitae, which holds approximately 144 vehicles. The Chelan will remain on the Mukilteo/Clinton route for three weeks while the Tokitae is dry-docked for its U.S. Coast Guard-mandated inspection and vessel maintenance.

WSF recognizes the impact of this service disruption, particularly over the Fourth of July holiday, and we apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, WSF is required to dry dock the Tokitae prior to expiration of its Certificate of Inspection, and all other vessels are currently either undergoing maintenance or are already in service on other routes. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we ask that you please plan ahead and expect longer wait times until the Tokitae can return to the route later in July.


Friday, June 23, 2017 06:02 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Fauntleroy Tollbooth Procedures Pilot Test Results
The preliminary data is in! The Triangle Task Force community advisory group recommendations for new tollbooth procedures helped WSF move approximately 85 more vehicles a day between 3 and 6 p.m., compared to an average evening commute. During the pilot study (May 15-18), WSF and the Task Force implemented the procedural changes to see if we could get more vehicles through the tollbooth at peak commute time. In addition to achieving our goal, WSF and members of the Task Force also observed a safer, more orderly flow of traffic on the dock and Fauntleroy Way.

Next steps: WSF aims to implement the Task Force-recommended new tollbooth procedures on June 19, 2017. Customers may not notice a significant reduction to wait times on the dock or on Fauntleroy Way during the initial change period; however, we will continue to adapt and make improvements to the process on an ongoing basis.

WSF will provide more details about switching over to the new tollbooth procedures next week. Thank you for your patience while we work to get more drivers onto the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ferry faster and more efficiently.


Thursday, June 22, 2017 08:34 AM

New Call Center Hours Beginning July 2
Beginning Sunday, July 2, the WSF Call Center will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Email/web support is also available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week at wsfinfo@wsdot.wa.gov. Reservations for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, B.C. and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes are available 24/7 at TakeAFerry, and general information about Washington State Ferries can be found at WSF Ferries.

The Lost and Found office at Colman Dock is now open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017 06:57 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, May 24, 2017 06:57 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.