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Thursday, May 05, 2016 02:03 PM

PT/Coup - 5/6 Tidal Cancellations
Low tides will cancel one or more sailings from Port Townsend and Coupeville in May. Please see the Tidal Cancellations table for a complete list of affected dates and departures.

On Friday, May 6, due to tidal conditions, the 8:00am sailing from Port Townsend and the 8:45am sailing from Coupeville are cancelled.


Thursday, May 05, 2016 08:38 AM

PD/Tahl: Maintenance at Tahlequah on May 6
Please be advised that on Friday, May 6, WSF will be conducting maintenance at the Tahlequah Ferry Terminal to replace counterweight cables and pins on the transfer span (the bridge between the ferry and the dock). This work must occur after the last sailing of the day, which departs Tahlequah at 10:55 p.m. Residents in the vicinity may expect to hear some noise. WSF apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your patience as we improve our facilities.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016 09:16 AM

PT/CV: One Boat Schedule Continues through May 26–Reservations Strongly Advised
Due to repairs needed to the M/V Salish, the Port Townsend/Coupeville route will continue to operate on a one-boat (Early Spring) schedule through May 26. WSF has added one additional round-trip sailing that departs from Port Townsend at 10 p.m. and Coupeville at 10:40 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays during this time.

Please be aware that traveling stand-by during this time period could result in long wait times, and customers are strongly encouraged to make reservations early; reservations are available at Take a ferry Travelers without reservations may want to consider taking alternate routes, such as the Mukilteo/Clinton route to reach Whidbey Island and the Edmonds/Kingston route to access the Olympic Peninsula.

WSF anticipates that the Salish will return to service on Friday, May 27. Should repairs be complete before then, we will return the vessel to the route sooner. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and we thank you for your patience as we work to improve our service to you.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016 05:55 AM

Sea/Brem/BI - Reminder - Viaduct Closes For Two Weeks
The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning April 29 while Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine, tunnels beneath the structure. SR 99 will be closed from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Spokane Street. Colman Dock will remain operational and open to vehicles and pedestrians during this time. The Marion Street pedestrian bridge will also remain open. The closure of the viaduct will have regional traffic impacts, including increased congestion in the downtown Seattle area. During the closure, ferry customers are advised to adjust their travel schedules to avoid the heaviest traffic and walk aboard instead of driving if possible. For more information on the closure, visit the tunnel project website: 99Closure.org


Monday, May 02, 2016 04:13 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Changes Coming To Vashon Dock
Beginning Monday, April 25 through Tuesday, May 31, one of the two slips at the Vashon Terminal will be closed on Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Service may be delayed during these times when more than one ferry needs to use the available slip. To help speed up offloading, an additional ferry offloading lane will be in place for the remainder of construction.

This slip closure is part of the last phase of seismic retrofit work on the Vashon Terminal Trestle project. Please visit the project page for more information at Vashon Trestle Project.

Thank you for your patience as we upgrade our facilities and improve our service to you.


Sunday, April 17, 2016 06:33 PM

Faunt/Va/Sw - SPU Sandblasting Project Through May 4
As part of an ongoing project, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has been sandblasting to remove lead-based paint from the interior walls of a dry well near the Fauntleroy Terminal, just south of the pedestrian walkway leading to and from the terminal. The sandblasting is occurring on Mondays through Thursdays from now until May 4, from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that time, SPU crews will be wearing white suits and masks and working under a containment tent. WSF doesn’t anticipate that this project will affect ferry riders, but please be aware of sidewalk conditions and contact WSF Customer Service at 206-464-6400 if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation!


Sunday, April 17, 2016 07:38 PM

PT/Coup - Corrected Port Townsend/Coupeville late spring sailing schedule
Please be advised that the print version of the Late Spring sailing schedule for the Port Townsend/Coupeville route contains several errors. A corrected version of this schedule is now available online and in print at both terminals and on all Port Townsend/Coupeville vessels. The updated sailing schedule corrects the misprinted Port Townsend/Coupeville departure times found in the original printed version of the 2016 WSF spring schedule. The spring sailing schedules are correct for all other routes in the system. We apologize for the inconvenience. View the correct late spring Port Townsend/Coupeville sailing schedule here.


Tuesday, May 03, 2016 02:29 PM

ALL ROUTES: Reminder--Fare increases and Peak Season Surcharge take effect May 1
Please be advised of several changes to the fares on Washington State Ferries that will take effect on May 1, 2016:

A passenger fare increase of 1% and a vehicle/driver fare of 2.5% will go into effect on all domestic sailings. May 1 also marks the date that the Peak Season surcharge goes into effect for non-commuter vehicles and drivers; multi-ride products will not be affected by the Peak Season surcharge. Peak Season begins Sunday, May 1 and goes through Friday, September 30.

Also on May 1, the definition of over-height vehicles will change from 7'6" to 7'2". Vehicles between 22-30 feet long that are over 7'2" tall will be charged the over-height fare. The purpose of this change is to align the height threshold with the actual overhead clearance on the side vehicle decks of most ferries.

WSF fares are set by the Washington State Transportation Commission. For more information, visit Transportation Commission


Sunday, April 17, 2016 06:33 PM

Faunt/Va/SW – Vashon Medical and ADA PU and Drop-Off use 103rd Ave SW
Medical priority and ADA customers who need to be dropped-off or picked-up closer to the ferry may do so by checking in with the flagger at the intersection of 103rd Ave. SW and the terminal entrance. Please check the schedule and plan to arrive while a vessel is not loading or unloading. You can see real-time locations of our ferries on Vessel Watch. Vanpools also may bypass ferry lines by taking 103rd Ave. SW and checking in with the flagger. During construction, 103rd Ave. SW will remain a one-way street between SW 112th St. and the terminal entrance. The right lane will be used to stage Southworth vehicles. The left lane will remain open to through traffic. Learn more about the Vashon Trestle Replacement Project.


Sunday, April 17, 2016 06:33 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Construction at Vashon Terminal - Update
Due to ongoing construction, one-way traffic on 103rd Ave. SW starts at SW 110th St. instead of SW 112th St. This means drivers will be able to turn right or left onto 103rd at SW 110th. North of SW 110th, bicycles and motorcycles heading to Fauntleroy or Southworth should continue to use the left lane on 103rd St; Southworth-bound vehicle traffic continues to stage in the right lane. View a Map of the area.

Motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians will be able to wait for ferries at the terminal building. Motorcycles heading to Southworth or Fauntleroy may access the dock from 103rd Ave. SW. Flaggers stationed at the terminal entrance will direct traffic and assist ADA customers with drop-off and pick-up.

Learn more about the Vashon Trestle Replacement Project.


Sunday, April 17, 2016 06:33 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Seattle Public Utilities Working on Pump Station
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is performing improvements to the existing pump station facility located along the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Work will begin March 21 and take about four months. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, with one ferry traffic lane closed between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The parking lot near the entrance of the terminal will be closed during construction for staging. For more information, call SPU Project Manager Grace Manzano at (206) 233-1534.


Sunday, April 17, 2016 06:33 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock – All Vehicles Over 30-Feet Exit at Yesler Way
The existing Marion Street exit is closed and a temporary exit between Marion and Madison streets closer to the fire station is open. This change requires trucks and vehicles over 30-feet in length to use the Yesler Way exit because the turn radius at the new, temporary exit north of Marion Street is not wide enough for vehicles longer than 30 feet. The temporary exit changes are needed to make room for on-going Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock. Map.


Sunday, April 17, 2016 06:33 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.