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WSF Weekly Update

At the end of each work week, WSDOT Ferries Division emails a report to staff, colleagues and stakeholders. We are very interested in your suggestions or comments about this report and encourage you contact us via email:

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Below are links to all of the past weekly reports.

May 28, 2020 (pdf 269 kb)

  • Memorial Day weekend ridership down more than 50% compared to past years
  • We want everyone to be safe
  • Recognizing our frontline employees
  • Construction crews busy at new Mukilteo terminal, truck haul begins June 1
  • New times for late-night Mukilteo/Clinton sailings
  • Anacortes terminal staff gets creative in effort to keep customers safe

May 21, 2020 (pdf 294 kb)

  • Memorial Day weekend travel
  • Service award presentation with COVID-19 precautions
  • National Maritime Day
  • Second holding lane to open on SR 104 in Edmonds
  • Glass panels at new Mukilteo terminal feature tribal motifs

May 14, 2020 (pdf 342 kb)

  • Ridership up slightly, but remains way down compared with same time last year
  • Encouraging social distancing at our terminals
  • King County health directive for cloth face coverings
  • Keeping employees updated on COVID-19 topics
  • Various workers back on the job
  • Revised schedule for Agate Pass Bridge delays

May 14, 2020 (pdf 342 kb)

  • Ridership up slightly, but remains way down compared with same time last year
  • Encouraging social distancing at our terminals
  • King County health directive for cloth face coverings
  • Keeping employees updated on COVID-19 topics
  • Various workers back on the job
  • Revised schedule for Agate Pass Bridge delays

May 7, 2020 (pdf 355 kb)

  • Public Service Recognition Week
  • Mother's Day weekend travel
  • SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge delays
  • Second holding lane to be added on SR 104 before Edmonds terminal
  • Customer kudos

April 30, 2020 (pdf 720 kb)

  • Maintenance facility, vessel preservation and construction projects to resume
  • Assistant Secretary's Award
  • Recognizing our frontline employees
  • Joyful noise extended through May
  • Riders encouraged to purchase tickets online
  • New fares start tomorrow, May 1

April 23, 2020 (pdf 266 kb)

  • Sustainability action plan update
  • Recognizing our frontline employees
  • San Juan Islands to return to regular winter schedule
  • Customer kudos

April 16, 2020 (pdf 376 kb)

  • Winter schedule now extended through June 20
  • Recognizing our frontline employees
  • Reduced sailing schedule for San Juan Islands
  • Keeping our guard up at terminal toll booths
  • Customer kudos

April 9, 2020 (pdf 303 kb)

  • Making a joyful noise nightly for frontline workers
  • Innovations allow customers to self-swipe credit cards
  • Recognizing our frontline employees
  • Thank you messages aboard our ferries
  • Cleaning procedures for vessels and terminals
  • Customer kudos

April 2, 2020 (pdf 301 kb)

  • Reduced service on several central Puget Sound routes
  • Loss of employee
  • Employee webinars on our COVID-19 strategy
  • Customer kudos

March 26, 2020 (pdf 310 kb)

  • Winter schedule extended through at least April 25
  • Customers encouraged to purchase tickets online
  • Rep. Rick Larsen tours new Mukilteo terminal
  • Haiku contest finalists
  • Customer kudos

March 19, 2020 (pdf 292 kb)

  • Big thanks to frontline staff
  • Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route adjustments
  • Legislative session wraps up
  • Ticket refunds due to COVID-19 concerns
  • Reservations no-show fees waived until further notice
  • Service to Canada suspended until April 28
  • Haiku contest finalists to be revealed next week

March 12, 2020 (pdf 267 kb)

  • Social distancing aboard our ferries
  • One more day to submit your haiku!
  • Road construction near Anacortes terminal
  • Customer kudos

Mar. 5, 2020 (pdf 235 kb)

  • Response to coronavirus
  • Women's History Month
  • Haiku contest submission period next week
  • Daylight saving time and our sailing schedules
  • Awards for years of service

Feb. 27, 2020 (pdf 162 kb)

  • Meeting with lawmakers from ferry districts
  • Fleet Achievement and Vessel Reliability Awards
  • Haiku contest returning
  • Awards for years of service

Feb. 20, 2020 (pdf 395 kb)

  • Governor tours new Mukilteo terminal site
  • Columbia Street in front of Colman Dock reopens Saturday, Feb. 22
  • Thousands of bicyclists on our Seattle/Bainbridge route Sunday, Feb. 23
  • Valentine's vow renewal ceremony on the Sound

Feb. 13, 2020 (pdf 257 kb)

  • New bus stops to open near Colman Dock
  • Chief of Staff visits Point Defiance/Tahlequah route
  • Vehicle reservations for spring schedule up 61% on day of release
  • Vows on the bow for Valentine's Day

Feb. 6, 2020 (pdf 478 kb)

  • New mates complete Whales in our Waters course
  • Declare your love aboard a ferry on Valentine’s Day
  • Two sailings canceled on Mukilteo/Clinton route this evening, Feb. 6
  • Weekday street closure near Seattle terminal
  • New light fixtures at pickup and drop-off area near Clinton terminal

Jan. 30, 2020 (pdf 223 kb)

  • Construction of new Mukilteo fishing pier underway
  • Looking for a food vendor for new Mukilteo terminal
  • Vehicle reservations for spring schedule available Wednesday, Feb. 5
  • New writer-in-residence on our San Juan Islands interisland route

Jan. 23, 2020 (pdf 263 kb)

  • New severe weather schedules released
  • Bainbridge, Bremerton routes back on regular schedule
  • 2020 legislative session begins
  • Additional night work at new Mukilteo terminal site
  • Vehicle reservations for spring schedule available Wednesday, Jan. 29

2019 Year in Review (pdf 3.8 mb)

Jan. 9, 2020 (pdf 369 kb)

  • Bainbridge, Bremerton routes on temporary schedule through Jan. 20
  • Welcome aboard, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral!
  • Showing our Seahawks pride
  • $1.5 million grant for hybrid-electric ferry conversion
  • Awards for years of service

Dec. 19, 2019 (pdf 295 kb)

  • Holiday travel
  • WSF Stewardship Award
  • Honoring our maritime partners
  • Winter schedule begins Sunday, Jan. 5
  • Annual vessels and terminals report in latest WSDOT Gray Notebook
  • Is that someone in the Mukilteo Lighthouse?

Dec. 12, 2019 (pdf 504 kb)

  • Connecting with our customers and employees through virtual community meetings
  • Temporary sailing schedule on Seattle routes Jan. 4-20
  • Executive Team tours Seattle/Bremerton route
  • Holiday Cruise for People with Disabilities
  • Sidney, British Columbia service resumes
  • Pedestrian path near new Mukilteo terminal site back open
  • Toys for Tots donation

Dec. 5, 2019 (pdf 355 kb)

  • Virtual community meetings just days away
  • Tokyo delegates tour Colman Dock, Tacoma ferry
  • Night work at new Mukilteo terminal site begins Dec. 9
  • Thankful for our hard-working employees
  • Customer kudos

Nov. 21, 2019 (pdf 150 kb)

  • Thanksgiving travel rush
  • December virtual community meetings coming soon!
  • Presentations on the waterfront and in Olympia
  • Toys for Tots
  • Customer kudos
  • Next Weekly Update will be Thursday, Dec. 5

Nov. 15, 2019 (pdf 168 kb)

  • Mark your calendar for our first ever virtual community meetings
  • Sounders' MLS Cups back on the ferry
  • 25-year service award
  • Triangle route service update

Nov. 7, 2019 (pdf 204 kb)

  • A salute to all our veterans
  • MLS Cup arrives in Seattle aboard Wenatchee
  • SR 99 Tunnel tolling begins Saturday, Nov. 9
  • Reminder: No Sidney, B.C. service starting Tuesday, Nov. 12

Oct. 31, 2019 (pdf 668 kb)

  • Return of the hairy ferry for Movember
  • Tour of Nichols Bros. Boat Builders
  • Forum on maritime energy solutions
  • Owl rescued from Suquamish in good health
  • Daylight saving time and our sailing schedule
  • Vehicle reservations for winter schedule available Tuesday, Nov. 5
  • Friday Harbor and Tokitae featured on ABC's "Rock the Park"
  • Customer kudos

Oct. 24, 2019 (pdf 331 kb)

  • Another step closer to hybrid-electric conversion
  • Sammy the Sounder visits Wenatchee
  • Two-boat schedule next week for "Triangle" route
  • Vehicle restrictions possible next week on Vashon Island routes
  • #FerryFotoContest winner

Oct. 17, 2019 (pdf 404 kb)

  • Grand opening of new pickup and drop-off area in Clinton
  • Industry day for prospective contractors
  • Students tour Colman Dock
  • Terminal engineers tour Vigor shipyard
  • Sidewalk closed in front old Seattle terminal
  • Yesler Way closed near Colman Dock
  • Help choose our next sailing schedule cover
  • Sounders flags Oct. 18-19 on Seattle vessels
  • Vote for your favorite ferry getaway

Oct. 10, 2019 (pdf 375 kb)

  • Vessel noise study in Seattle's Elliott Bay
  • Long Range Plan team wins another award
  • Sidney, B.C. service canceled Nov. 12 to Dec. 8
  • Find us on Facebook
  • Bainbridge overhead loading closed Oct. 12-13
  • Extra sailings for the Orcas Island Film Festival
  • #FerryFotoContest voting next week on Twitter
  • Thank you 12s

Oct. 3, 2019 (pdf 448 kb)

  • WhaleReport Alert System
  • Executive Team tours Edmonds/Kingston route
  • New pickup and drop-off area in Clinton now open
  • Roof goes on new Mukilteo terminal building
  • Annual floating pep rally, Seattle customer appreciation event today
  • One more day to tweet #FerryFotoContest photos

Sept. 26, 2019 (pdf 359 kb)

  • Agencies partner for maritime security exercise
  • Evergreen State artifacts sent for preservation
  • WSF Leadership Award
  • Twitter photo contest next week
  • Fall sailing schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 29
  • Service reduction on Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route
  • Vehicle holding lanes at Point Defiance expands from two to four
  • Olympic National Park road work on US 101 delayed

Sept. 19, 2019 (pdf 426 kb)

  • New Seattle terminal, pedestrian bridge now open
  • Celebrating Seattle's new passenger-only ferry facility
  • South Dearborn Street reopens near Colman Dock
  • Promoting environmental conservation and innovation
  • Writer-in-residence on San Juan Islands interisland route
  • Fall schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 29
  • Lots of motorcycles and bicycles on our ferries this weekend
  • US 101 four-hour delays near Lake Crescent resume next week
  • Changes coming to Olympic Drive at Bainbridge terminal

Sept. 12, 2019 (pdf 320 kb)

  • Kickoff ceremony toward a greener fleet
  • Pedestrian detour in Seattle until new terminal opens
  • South Dearborn Street closed near Colman Dock
  • New Clinton terminal pickup and drop-off area nearly complete
  • Seahawks Blue Friday pride
  • Captain John McMillen featured in The Evergrey

Sept. 5, 2019 (pdf 546 kb)

  • Seattle's Marion Street Pedestrian Bridge closes tonight
  • Celebrating first Seahawks Blue Friday of the season
  • Visit us at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
  • Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

Aug. 29, 2019 (pdf 313 kb)

  • FTA grant for new Seattle terminal
  • Labor Day weekend travel
  • Pacific Northwest ferry operators meet on the water
  • New vehicle holding lane for Southworth terminal
  • Symphonic sounds on Sound from Walla Walla
  • Customer kudos

Aug. 22, 2019 (pdf 208 kb)

  • Meeting with Pacific Northwest ferry operators
  • South Jackson Street closed near Colman Dock
  • Thousands heading to Port Townsend for weekend festival
  • Exploring partnerships for Anacortes terminal improvements

Aug. 15, 2019 (pdf 238 kb)

  • Extra sailing for San Juan County Fair livestock
  • Transforming the Mukilteo waterfront
  • Busy ferries this weekend for Kitsap County events
  • Customer kudos

Aug. 8, 2019 (pdf 230 kb)

  • A visit from Cal Maritime Academy
  • Reliability award for Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility
  • Transportation Commission approves ferry fare increase
  • Additional Orcas Island sailing for Doe Bay Fest

Aug. 1, 2019 (pdf 389 kb)

  • Quite the sight as Elwha sails into Seattle's Lake Union
  • Vehicle travel on our busiest route to improve in 2020
  • Fall vehicle reservations now available
  • Opening of new Clinton pickup and drop-off area delayed
  • Lane closure near Anacortes terminal Monday, Aug. 5

July 25, 2019 (pdf 328 kb)

  • We're now in our busiest time of the year!
  • Elwha to pass through Ballard Locks Monday, July 29
  • Presentation to Island County officials
  • Last weekend to comment on WSTC's proposed fares
  • Fall vehicle reservations open Tuesday, July 30
  • Closure of staging lane on Fauntleroy Way at Lincoln Park
  • Point Defiance terminal road work
  • Vehicle restrictions possible next week on Mukilteo/Clinton route

July 18, 2019 (pdf 404 kb)

  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association members learn about WSF
  • Big changes coming for Seattle walk-on passengers 
  • Our busiest weekend of the year?
  • Tribal canoe journey this week and next
  • Provide input on WSTC's proposed fares

July 11, 2019 (pdf 396 kb)

  • Fourth of July week ridership
  • Fleet Achievement Award presented to Tacoma 
  • 45 years of service!
  • Comments wanted on WSTC's proposed fares
  • Temporary schedule for Seattle ferries July 13-15
  • Vashon terminal repairs may affect vehicle traffic
  • Update on new Clinton pickup and drop-off area
  • New terminal engineering director

June 27, 2019 (pdf 407 kb)

  • Fourth of July week ferry travel
  • Temporary schedule for all sailings in and out of Seattle July 13-15
  • Loaning our dock to a worthy community cause
  • Farewell, Hyak!
  • Public comments wanted on proposed ferry fares
  • Exploring partnerships for Anacortes terminal improvements
  • Possible restrictions for large vehicles next week on Mukilteo/Clinton route
  • Crab pot lines and ferries don’t mix
  • WSF celebrates pride

June 20, 2019 (pdf 383 kb)

  • Summer to begin with fewer vessels in WSF fleet
  • South Korea dignitaries, U.S. Coast Guard official tour Tacoma and our maintenance facility
  • WSF Teamwork Award
  • Seeking input on food vendors at new Mukilteo terminal
  • Summer schedule begins Sunday, June 23
  • Lane closures near Seattle's Colman Dock
  • Final night of Fauntleroy sailing cancelations

June 13, 2019 (pdf 526 kb)

  • New Mukilteo terminal construction update
  • WSF customer service team tours Seattle terminal
  • Middle school students enjoy ferry to Bremerton
  • Vessel reliability awards for Sealth and Tokitae
  • Late-night Fauntleroy canceled sailings
  • One-boat service on Mukilteo/Clinton route Tuesday, June 18
  • Vashon Highway delays for guardrail work
  • Welcome aboard to our new HR leader
  • Marine naturalists return to select sailings
  • Summer schedule online, print version out soon

June 6, 2019 (pdf 428 kb)

  • Vessel reliability awards
  • Canceled sailings in and out of Fauntleroy
  • Ticket seller retires after 51 years from WSF
  • Happy birthday to us!
  • Additional staff hours at Kingston terminal
  • Vashon Sheepdog Classic this weekend
  • Orca Month
  • Protecting orcas by slowing down

May 30, 2019 (pdf 249 kb)

  • Wenatchee strikes whale in Elliott Bay
  • Public meetings in Friday Harbor and on Vashon Island
  • Memorial Day weekend ridership
  • SR 525 nighttime work on Whidbey Island
  • Restrictions for vehicles possible on Mukilteo/Clinton route

May 23, 2019 (pdf 600 kb)

  • Memorial Day weekend travel
  • Governor signs 2019-2021 transportation budget
  • Public meetings in Southworth and Mukilteo
  • New chief of staff completes ordinary seaman training
  • Two successful rescues in six months for Bremerton crew
  • Mukilteo terminal work expanding into water
  • National Maritime Day
  • Sustainability Action Plan presentation
  • Bicycling is for everyone

May 16, 2019 (pdf 287 kb)

  • Public meetings in Anacortes and San Juan Islands
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  • Seattle Fire Department honors WSF crews for role in rescue
  • Training new employees on safety and security
  • Obey signs at new Mukilteo terminal site
  • Anacortes parking lot back open
  • 4-hour delays on US 101 near Lake Crescent

May 9, 2019 (pdf 395 kb)

  • Public meetings in Bremerton and Bainbridge Island
  • Public Service Recognition Week
  • Seattle Goodwill Youth Maritime Program tour
  • Saturday road work near Clinton terminal
  • Additional Port Townsend/Coupeville service begins Sunday, May 12
  • 2nd tier of Memorial Day weekend reservations
  • Customer kudos

May 2, 2019 (pdf 322 kb)

  • Two public meetings this week, two more next week
  • Transportation officials tour our maintenance facility
  • 2019-2021 state transportation budget
  • We're one of the most scenic ferry rides in U.S.!
  • National Bike to Work Month
  • Boating season opens this Saturday, May 4

April 25, 2019 (pdf 411 kb)

  • Action plan for a sustainable ferry system released
  • Summer vehicle reservations now open
  • Public meetings kick off next week
  • A very ferry edition of Seattle Met magazine
  • Tour de Lopez bike event Saturday, April 27
  • Peak season surcharge begins May 1
  • US 101 road work near Port Discovery

April 18, 2019 (pdf 488 kb)

  • Nicole McIntosh begins new role as chief of staff May 1
  • Brothers receive Life Ring Award for rescuing boater
  • No job too big for Washington State Ferries
  • Summer reservations available Tuesday
  • Anacortes parking lot closed for repaving
  • Customer kudos

April 11, 2019 (pdf 379 kb)

  • Update on new "Triangle" schedule route
  • WSF at WSDOT Worker Memorial
  • New Mukilteo terminal now visible on waterfront
  • Upcoming meetings in ferry communities
  • City of Bainbridge Island road work
  • WSF Twitter account reaches 30,000 followers

April 4, 2019 (pdf 302 kb)

  • Congratulations to our next generation of employees
  • New Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth schedule begins
  • Seasonal service to Canada returns with a celebration
  • Welcome aboard, Naval Command College!
  • Save the date! Public meetings coming to ferry communities
  • Colman Dock construction update

March 28, 2019 (pdf 536 kb)

  • New Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth schedule starts Sunday
  • What was that ferry doing there?
  • Congratulations to our #WSFHaiku contest winner!
  • Spring sailing schedule begins Sunday
  • WSDOT Environmental Director's Award
  • Weekday Hood Canal Bridge closures continue through April 5

March 21, 2019 (pdf 269 kb)

  • Fleet Achievement and Reliability Awards
  • Assistant Secretary's Award
  • Awards for years of service
  • Preparing for new "Triangle" route schedule
  • Daytime Hood Canal Bridge closures March 25 to April 5
  • Haiku contest voting

March 14, 2019 (pdf 434 kb)

  • Women's History Month
  • Women's Transportation Seminar award
  • Awards for years of service
  • New "Triangle" route schedule begins March 31
  • Popular Mukilteo pedestrian trail to close until fall
  • WSF in latest Washington Driver Guide
  • Haiku contest finalists to be revealed next week

March 7, 2019 (pdf 413 kb)

  • Welcome aboard, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant!
  • Checking out construction progress at Colman Dock
  • Congressman Rick Larsen tours Mukilteo terminal site
  • Awards for years of service
  • Viaduct demolition near Colman Dock
  • Update on new Clinton pickup and drop-off area
  • Daylight saving time begins Sunday
  • One more day to submit your haiku!

Feb. 28, 2019 (pdf 255 kb)

  • Happy 60th birthday, Tillikum!
  • Haiku contest submission period next week
  • Concrete crushing in Mukilteo

Feb. 21, 2019 (pdf 240 kb)

  • Navigating Colman Dock during viaduct demolition
  • Chilly Hilly bike ride on Bainbridge Island Sunday
  • Haiku contest returning!
  • Agate Pass Bridge work through March 1
  • Hood Canal Bridge closure tonight

Feb. 14, 2019 (pdf 706 kb)

  • We love our dedicated employees!
  • And, we love our customers!
  • Puget Sound Regional Council presentation
  • Capt. Marsha Morse featured in Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
  • SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge delays Feb. 19 to March 1
  • WSF job love
  • REMINDER: SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge closures
  • Customer kudos

Feb. 7, 2019 (pdf 402 kb)

  • Wild winter weather!
  • Lopez Island terminal repairs
  • Construction coming soon near the Clinton terminal
  • SR 99 Tunnel opens!
  • SR 305 Agate Pass Bridge delays Feb. 19 to March 1
  • Vehicle reservations for spring schedule available Tuesday, Feb. 12
  • Customer kudos

Jan. 31, 2019 (pdf 417 kb)

  • Coast Guard tours construction at Seattle terminal
  • Planning meeting about upcoming work at Clinton terminal
  • How you drive between Colman Dock and SR 99 may change this weekend
  • House Transportation Committee presentation
  • Customer kudos

Jan. 24, 2019 (pdf 406 kb)

  • Annual ferry ridership swells to nearly 25 million
  • Ferry commute mode shift changes during first week of SR 99 closure
  • Farewell to Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa
  • 2019 legislative session begins
  • Hood Canal Bridge closure tonight
  • Customer kudos

2018 Year in Review (pdf 922 kb)

Jan. 10, 2019 (pdf 350 kb)

  • SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct closure outreach
  • Construction begins on new Mukilteo terminal building
  • WSF holds first public outreach meeting of the year in Friday Harbor
  • 2019 legislative session starts Monday, Jan. 14
  • Maritime innovation initiative
  • Customer kudos

Jan. 3, 2019 (pdf 509 kb)

  • Happy New Year!
  • 2040 Long Range Plan released today
  • Plan for SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct closure
  • Winter schedule begins Sunday, Jan. 6
  • Public meeting Jan. 9 in Friday Harbor
  • Customer kudos