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Monday, June 27, 2016 09:21 PM

PD/Tah - Limited height clearance on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route
While the Tillikum is temporarily assigned to the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route, vehicles taller than 13 feet 5 inches may be restricted from traveling on this vessel due to the limited height clearance. Alternate routes are Southworth/Vashon and Fauntleroy/Vashon.


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:21 PM

Ana/SJs - Additional Service on July 5
To accommodate travelers on the busy Fourth of July weekend, WSF has added several extra sailings to its schedule on Tuesday, July 5:

6:45 p.m. Anacortes to Lopez Island
7:35 p.m. Lopez Island to Anacortes
10:10 p.m. Friday Harbor to Anacortes
10:30 p.m. Orcas Island to Anacortes

Space on these sailings (with the exception of the Lopez to Anacortes sailing) is now reservable at www.takeaferry.com. Additional space will be made available two weeks prior to the sailings on June 21 and two days prior to sailings on July 3.


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:53 PM

Sea/Brem - Regular schedule for Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic from Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5. The Seattle/Bremerton route will operate on its regular summer schedules this holiday. WSF recommends a 60-90 minute advance arrival prior to sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:56 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Weekend schedule in effect on Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic from Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5.

On Monday, July 4, the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will operate on a weekend schedule. To accommodate travelers, WSF is providing an extra sailing to Fauntleroy from Vashon Island on July 4, departing Vashon Island at 11:25 p.m. WSF recommends a 60-90 minute advance arrival prior to all sailings. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016 04:43 AM

Ana/SJs/Sidney - Sunday schedule in effect on Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic heading westbound from Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2, and eastbound July 5-6.

The San Juan Islands routes will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4, with an interisland sailing a sailing departing Friday Harbor at 2:15 p.m., departing Lopez Island at 3:05 p.m., and arriving at Anacortes at 3:55 p.m.

To accommodate our customers, WSF is providing several additional sailings departing Anacortes throughout the weekend:

  • Wednesday, June 29—6:45 p.m. to Lopez and Orcas Islands
  • Thursday, June 30—8:50 p.m. to Orcas Island and Friday Harbor
  • Friday, July 1—8:50 p.m. to Orcas Island and Friday Harbor

    In addition, on Tuesday, July 5, WSF will provide extra sailings eastbound to Anacortes:

  • Tuesday, July 5—departing Lopez Island at 7:35 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 5—departing Friday Harbor at 10:10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 5—departing Orcas Island at 10:30 p.m.

Reservations for the final thirty percent of reservable vehicle space will be available starting at 7 a.m. two days before each sailing date; limited drive-up space will be available on each sailing. Reserve online at www.takeaferry.com or by calling 511 to speak with an Information Agent.

When traveling with a reservation, you must check in at the terminal tollbooth 30 minutes prior to your reservation time. WSF recommends that you arrive at the terminal 60-90 minutes in advance of your sailing time to ensure that you reach the booth with 30 minutes to spare. We do not recommend traveling stand-by for an earlier sailing, because you will forfeit your later-reserved space and risk missing both the earlier departure and your original reserved departure—please travel at your reserved time. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:22 PM

PT/Coup - Sunday schedule in effect on Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic from Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5.

The Port Townsend/Coupeville route will operate on its Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4. Reservations are recommended, especially for vehicles over 7’2” tall. Reserve online at www.takeaferry.com or call 511 to speak with an Information Agent.

When travelling with a reservation, plan to arrive 30-45 minutes before departure to allow for timely processing and boarding. We do not recommend traveling stand-by for an earlier sailing, because you will forfeit your later-reserved space and risk missing both the earlier departure and your original reserved departure—please travel at your reserved time. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:45 PM

Muk/Clin - Sunday schedule in effect on Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic from Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5.

The Mukilteo/Clinton route will operate on its Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4. On Thursday, June 30, WSF will provide an extra sailing departing Clinton at 10:00 p.m. and departing Mukilteo at 10:30 p.m. On Tuesday, July 5, WSF will provide an extra sailing departing Clinton at 9:00 p.m. and departing Mukilteo at 9:30 p.m.

WSF recommends a 1 hour advance arrival prior to sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:47 PM

Edm/King - Holiday schedule in effect on Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic from Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5.

The Edmonds/Kingston route will operate on its weekday holiday schedule on Monday, July 4. Please be advised that both Kingston and Edmonds are hosting annual Fourth of July festivities on Monday, July 4 that may delay sailings from both terminals. WSF recommends a 60-90 minute advance arrival prior to sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:51 PM

Sea/BI - Holiday schedule in effect on Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic from Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5. On Monday, July 4, the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route will operate on a holiday Saturday sailing schedule. WSF recommends a 60-90 minute advance arrival prior to sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:49 PM

PD/Tah - Weekend schedule in effect on Monday, July 4
The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic from Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5. On Monday, July 4, the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route will operate on a weekend sailing schedule. WSF recommends a 30-45 minute advance arrival prior to sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:24 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Overflow vehicle holding pattern at Colman Dock
Because of the SR-99 Tunnel and Elliott Bay Seawall projects, please be advised that on busy travel days this summer—particularly Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings—drivers departing the Seattle ferry terminal may need to use an on-street ferry holding lane when Colman Dock’s holding area reaches capacity. Be prepared to see uniformed police officers stationed at certain intersections to direct traffic.

  • Northbound drivers will be directed to the holding lane, which runs on southbound Alaskan Way.
  • Left turns from northbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way will be limited to freight, motorcycles and vanpools only.

A map with the holding lane can be found at Colman Dock access.

Travelers should prepare for additional congestion along Alaskan Way and nearby streets as drivers adjust to the new configuration. Drivers headed to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton or dropping off passengers should arrive well ahead of scheduled sailing times or consider traveling during off-peak times.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ferry holding lane, please contact viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call the program hotline at 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463). If you have questions about Elliott Bay Seawall Project construction, email seawall@waterfrontseattle.org or call 206-618-8584.


Monday, June 27, 2016 09:23 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Changes coming to Vashon dock
Beginning Monday, April 25 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.


Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016 05:00 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Paving At Vashon Trestle Starting June 1
Starting June 1 at 7 a.m., crews will begin paving the first 200 feet of the Vashon trestle nearest land. We do not expect delays to vehicle or foot traffic during this phase of construction; however, drivers and pedestrians will be routed around the construction zone while new pavement is being poured or is in the process of curing. Paving activity is weather-dependent and is expected to last through June. WSF apologizes for the inconvenience.


Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.


Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016 09:14 PM

Boingo Wi-Fi Service Ending 6/30
WSF regrets to announce that as of June 30, 2016, Boingo Wi-Fi service will no longer be available on Washington State Ferries. Although WSF’s contract with Boingo ended in November of last year, WSF and Boingo arranged to extend service through June while WSF continues to search for viable options to improve connectivity aboard our ferries. Until then, passengers are advised to use mobile data where available. For questions about Boingo Wi-Fi service, please call Boingo at 1-800-880-4117. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.