Travel Alert Bulletins

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Friday, September 04, 2015 02:42 PM

Sea/BI - Seattle Terminal Wait Time To Bainbridge - 1 Hour
Drivers will encounter an estimated one hour wait departing the Seattle terminal to Bainbridge Island due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Friday, September 04, 2015 02:55 PM

Ed/Ki - Edmonds Terminal Wait Time - 1 Hour
Drivers will encounter an estimated one hour wait departing the Edmonds terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Ana/SJs - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
The Anacortes/San Juan Islands route will be on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day). Please plan ahead for longer wait times and more traffic than usual throughout the Labor Day weekend. Because this is a heavily traveled route, reservations are highly recommended for all vehicles. Reservations can be made up to three hours prior to sailing by calling 511 or online: Reservations

Please note the 15-20 standby spaces are available for each sailing for those unable to make reservations. Arrive early to travel standby.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Ana/Sidney BC - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
The Anacortes/Sidney, B.C., route will be on its regular schedule on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept 7. Customers are strongly encouraged to make reservations in advance for holiday weekend travel on this route by visiting the WSF website or calling 511. Reservations


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

PT/Coup - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend, westbound Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and eastbound Monday, Sept. 7. The Port Townsend/Coupeville route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the holiday weekend. We strongly encourage customers to make reservations in advance at Washington State Ferries Vehicle Reservations or by calling 511.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Muk/Clin - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend, especially westbound Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and eastbound Monday, Sept. 7. The Mukilteo/Clinton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the holiday weekend.


Friday, September 04, 2015 08:05 AM

Ed/King - Update-Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
The Edmonds/Kingston route will operate on a holiday sailing schedule on Monday, Sept. 7. This means there will not be a 5:35am from Kingston or a 6:20am departure from Edmonds. There will be a 9:10pm from Kingston and a 9:50pm from Edmonds. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend, especially westbound Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and eastbound Monday, Sept. 7.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Sea/BI - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
The Seattle/Bainbridge Island route will operate on a holiday (Saturday) schedule on Monday, Sept. 7. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend, especially westbound Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and eastbound Monday, Sept. 7.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Sea/Brem - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend, especially westbound Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and eastbound Monday, Sept. 7. The Seattle/Bremerton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule throughout the holiday weekend.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
Please plan ahead for heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend. The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 7 to provide more evening sailings.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

PD/Tah - Labor Day Weekend Travel Alert
The Point Defiance/Tahlequah route will operate on a weekend schedule on Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day). Please plan ahead for heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend. The weekend schedule includes an extra midday run (12:35 p.m. from Point Defiance and 1 p.m. from Tahlequah).


Friday, September 04, 2015 08:19 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - ADA Alert-Colman Dock - North Elevator Out Of Service
The north elevator at Colman dock is out of service. Please limit the capacity of the south elevator to 10 people. Updates will occur when conditions change.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Vashon - Bicycles And Motorcycles Use 103rd For Fauntleroy And Southworth
All bicyclists and motorcycles must access the Vashon dock via 103rd Ave. SW. It is unsafe to bypass the queue of waiting Fauntleroy-bound vehicles by riding against traffic on Vashon Highway. For your safety, please use 103rd and stop and wait for instructions from the flagger at the bottom of the hill before riding onto the dock.


Friday, September 04, 2015 07:25 AM

Ana/SJs - 9/04 Westbound Reservation Status
For Friday, September 4, vehicle reservations from Anacortes to Friday Harbor and Orcas are full for the remainder of the day.* Approximately 15 to 25 drive-up spaces for each domestic westbound departure will be loaded on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made up to three hours prior to sailing, online at Reservations or by calling 5 1 1 to speak with an Information Agent. Walk-on space is available for all departures. Schedule.

*Subject to change due to cancellations and/or changes made to existing reservations.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Construction At Vashon Terminal
Construction to seismically upgrade the 60-year-old Vashon ferry dock will begin. During construction, vehicles will not be allowed to wait on the dock. Southworth-bound vehicles will stage in the right lane of 103rd Ave. SW, the left lane will remain open to one-way through traffic. Fauntleroy-bound vehicles will be staged on Vashon Highway SW. 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.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Oversized vehicles traveling from Fauntleroy and Vashon
Due to construction at the Vashon terminal, the following operational changes remain in effect for Southworth-bound oversized vehicles traveling from Fauntleroy and Vashon: From Vashon to Southworth, vehicles more than 38 feet long will be limited to six designated sailings per day. From Fauntleroy to Southworth, vehicles more than 7 feet tall or more than 22 feet long will be able to travel on all but six designated sailings per day. Please view the printed or online schedule for the impacted sailings.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 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.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 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.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock – Exterior Pedestrian Stairways Closed
Ongoing Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock will temporarily close the north and south exterior stairways to the terminal building through fall 2015. Pedestrian access will be maintained via outside elevator, the Marion Street pedestrian bridge and a street-level crossing leading to the indoor terminal ramps. Map.


Thursday, September 03, 2015 04:29 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.