Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project - Construction sailing schedule

New Bainbridge Island and Bremerton construction sailing schedule starts January 2018

During construction, the terminal building will be smaller and will not have enough space to accommodate passengers leaving for both Bainbridge Island and Bremerton during peak travel times. On January 7, 2018, we will introduce new temporary Bainbridge and Bremerton sailing schedules that will continue through the end of construction in 2023. The temporary schedules staggers vessel departure times; Bremerton sailings will leave five to fifteen minutes earlier and Bainbridge Island sailings will leave five to fifteen minutes later.

Construction sailing schedule - Jan. 7, 2018 through end of construction in 2023

Temporary construction schedule for the Seattle to Bainbridge Island route.

Temporary construction sailing schedule for the Seattle to Bremerton route.

The construction sailing schedule:

  • Will run from Jan. 7, 2018 through the end of Colman Dock construction in 2023
  • Ensures only one vessel arrives and departs Colman Dock at a time.
  • Provides more time between departures, especially during the busy afternoon commute.
  • Maintains the number of sailings in the current schedule, resulting in zero cuts to service.
  • Provides enough travel time for vessels to cross Puget Sound and makes sure only one vessel is in the narrow sections of Rich Passage and Eagle Harbor at a time.
  • Maintains reliability and current on-time performance levels (defined as sailings departing within 10 minutes of the scheduled time).
  • Maintains time for maintenance at night to keep vessels safe and reliable.
  • Complies with existing labor contracts and schedules for both deck and engine crew.
  • Balances the number of schedule changes for each route.

Community engagement and feedback

We know that schedule changes may have personal impacts for customers. We shared the proposed schedule with customers, communities and transit agencies during outreach in June and July 2017 and received more than 275 comments. In the final schedule, we've adjusted several sailing times in response to public input.

Key themes from public comments
"The proposed 4:10 p.m. sailing from Bremerton would depart too early to accommodate commuters from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard."

  • WSF changed the departure to 4:15 p.m. Without this change, most workers would need to wait 50 minutes for the next sailing.

"The proposed 5:45 p.m. sailing from Seattle to Bainbridge Island departs too late toaccommodate evening schedules (e.g. childcare)."

  • WSF is unable to move the 5:45 p.m. departure back to 5:30 p.m. without significantly changing a series of other sailings on both routes and risking having two ferries unloading and loading at Colman Dock at the same time.

Ongoing evaluation of construction sailing schedule

We will continuously evaluate on-time performance throughout construction to determine if additional schedule changes are necessary. To help minimize impacts to ferry customers who connect to transit, we are working with Kitsap Transit to ensure ferry and transit schedules align as much as possible. As the end of Colman Dock construction nears, WSF planners will work with Ferry Advisory Committees and the public to identify permanent Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailing schedules.