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Saturday, August 19, 2017 03:54 AM

Sea/Brem - Kaleetan Reduced Power - Update 8/19
Due to a pending maintenance issue with one of M/V Kaleetan’s propulsion generators, the vessel will continue to run on reduced speeds until further notice. This is to avoid taking the vessel out of service while there is currently no relief vessel available to substitute for the Kaleetan while the maintenance is performed. WSF understands that this may impact passenger schedules and important transit connections, and we appreciate your patience as we provide as much service as is operationally possible on this route.

Please view the online schedule to identify affected sailings. Kaleetan is operating as the #1 vessel on the Seattle/Bremerton route. Transit times between Colman Dock and Bremerton are expected to take longer than normal, which can result in accumulated delays. Updates on the length of the delays will be posted and sent throughout each day.


Friday, August 18, 2017 11:01 PM

PT/Coup - Tidal Cancellations for Saturday, August 19
Tidal currents will cancel one or more sailings from Port Townsend and Coupeville in August. Please see our Tidal Cancellations table for a complete list of affected dates and departures.

On Saturday, August 19, due to tidal currents the 6:30 am sailing from Port Townsend and the 7:15 am sailing from Coupeville are cancelled.


Friday, August 18, 2017 10:41 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - Busy Travel Weekend Ahead
WSF passengers can expect a busy travel weekend on this route with several fairs, festivals, concerts, and special events taking place in the area. Passengers are advised to plan ahead and pre-purchase tickets at a kiosk or online at Wave2Go Tickets. Please be advised that WSF cannot provide extra service over the weekend, and the M/V Kaleetan continues to operate at reduced speeds on the Seattle-Bremerton route because of a pending maintenance issue with one of its propulsion generators. The final sailings from Seattle to Bremerton on Saturday, August 19 are at 10:30 p.m. and 12:50 a.m. The final sailings from Seattle to Bainbridge Island are at 11:15 p.m., 12:45 a.m., and 2:10 a.m.


Friday, August 18, 2017 02:22 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, August 18, 2017 02:27 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.


Friday, August 18, 2017 02:27 PM

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.


Friday, August 18, 2017 02:29 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 www.takeaferry.com 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.


Friday, August 18, 2017 02:30 PM

Ana/SJs - Correction - Elevator on M/V Elwha Out of Service, 8/18
The elevator on the M/V Elwha is out of service. The passenger cabin is accessible only via the stairway. Customers may choose to remain on the car deck during the crossing. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when conditions change.


Friday, August 18, 2017 02:30 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.


Friday, August 18, 2017 02:30 PM

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.


Friday, August 18, 2017 02:31 PM

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.


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 TakeAFerry.com 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.