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Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

PT/Coup - 7/4 Tidal Cancellations and Adjustments
Low tides will cancel one or more sailings from Port Townsend and Coupeville in July. Please see the Tide Cancellations table for a complete list of affected dates and departures.

On Saturday, July 4, the 9:30am and 10:15am sailings are cancelled and the 11:00am sailing from Port Townsend is ADJUSTED to sail at 11:05am. From Coupeville, the 10:15am and 11:00am sailings are cancelled and the 11:45am sailing has been ADJUSTED to sail at 11:50am.


Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

Muk/Clin - Low Tides On July 4
Vehicles with less than 14 inches of clearance from the ground to the undercarriage of the vehicle, and vehicles in tow with a low ground clearance may be delayed depending on the tides today. The low tides may affect travel for low clearance vehicles on, July 4 from 11:45am - 2:45pm.


Saturday, July 04, 2015 09:38 AM

Anacortes/San Juan Islands - Parking and Wait Time Status July 4
All paid parking spaces at the Anacortes terminal are currently full. A 60-90 minute advance arrival is advised for vehicle traffic departing Anacortes to the San Juan Islands.


Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

Faut/VA/SW-Low Tides On July 4
Vehicles with less than 14 inches of clearance from the ground to the undercarriage of the vehicle, and vehicles in tow with a low ground clearance may be delayed depending on the tides today. The low tides may affect travel for low clearance vehicles on, July 4 from 11:45am - 2:45pm.


Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

Ana/SJI's/Sidney BC - July 4 Weekend Travel
Due to extremely dry conditions the entire county of San Juan has banned personal fireworks.

The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at all terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. The San Juan Islands routes will operate on their regular summer sailing schedules on Saturday, July 4. Reservations are recommended for the San Juan Islands and Sidney, B.C. routes.

Reservations for the final thirty percent of vehicle space will be available starting at 7 a.m. two days before each sailing date. Customers without reservations are encouraged to try traveling stand-by. Stand-by vehicles are loaded on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. You can Reserve Online or by calling 511.


Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

Muk/Clin - July 4 Weekend Travel
The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. The Mukilteo/Clinton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4.


Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

Ana/SJs - Supplemental Service For July 4 Holiday Weekend
In anticipation of heavier than normal traffic for the July 4th holiday weekend, Washington State Ferries has added the following extra trips to serve the San Juan Islands:

  • Sunday, 7/5
  • Departing Orcas Island at 10:30pm to Anacortes*
  • Departing Lopez Island at 11:00pm to Anacortes

    *Reservations for sixty percent of vehicle space on these sailings will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 26. Remaining reservations will be released two days before each sailing date. Reservations are recommended for the San Juan Islands and Sidney, B.C. routes. Vehicles without reservations are loaded on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. You can reserve online at: Reserve Online or by calling 511.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    PT/Coup - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. The Port Townsend/Coupeville route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4. We strongly encourage customers to make: Reservations or by calling 5-1-1.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    Ana/SJI - Terminal Status Update
    Customers using the Terminal Status information for Anacortes should be aware that the information on the remaining drive-up space may be inaccurate. On average we have a 10% reservation no-show rate which means we can usually load more drive-up vehicles than the Terminal Status shows. Washington State Ferries encourages drive-up vehicles as we are able to load 15-25 vehicles without reservations on board most sailings.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    Ed/Ki - July 4 Weekend Travel - Parade Reminder
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals through Sunday, July 5.
    The Edmonds/Kingston route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4.

    On Saturday, July 4, Kingston’s annual Fourth of July Parade may delay sailings from both Kingston and Edmonds from approximately noon to 2:00 p.m.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    Sea/BI - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Seattle/Bainbridge Island route will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday, July 4.

    Due to Seattle waterfront construction, drivers will be directed to an on-street ferry holding lane when the holding lanes on Colman Dock are full. Get more information: Ferry Traffic Info


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    Sea/Brem - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Seattle/Bremerton route will operate on the regular summer schedule on Saturday, July 4.

    Due to Seattle waterfront construction, drivers will be directed to an on-street ferry holding lane when the holding lanes on Colman Dock are full. Get more information: Ferry Traffic Info


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    Faunt/Va/SW - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will operate on a weekend schedule on Saturday, July 4. On Saturday, July 4, there will be one extra sailing from Vashon to Fauntleroy at 11:25 p.m.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    PtD/Tah - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Point Defiance/Tahlequah route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    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.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    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.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    Expanded Ferry Travel Alert Descriptions
    WSF will update our travel alert language used to describe and clarify a variety of operational activities that may delay or cancel service. The updated language is intended to better explain the cause of service disruptions and provide basic factual information to help customers plan their travel. WSF will no longer use the term "operational constraints."


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 AM

    Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Vashon Terminal Operational Changes
    Construction begins in late-July to bring the entire Vashon Ferry Dock up to current seismic standards. WSF will work to minimize impacts to customers. Starting Sunday, June 14, operational changes will occur 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 online or printed schedules for impacted sailings: Southworth/Vashon and Fauntleroy/Southworth.


    Saturday, July 04, 2015 04:08 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.