Travel Alert Bulletins

Washington State Ferries offers a free travel alert subscription service via email or text message. Travel Alerts help you stay informed of conditions on your route so you can plan ahead. Note: We use the term, "operational constraints," for a variety of generalized issues including mechanical repairs to the vessels or terminals, crewing shortages and U.S. Coast Guard inspections.



Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Sea/Brem/BI-Colman Dock - Reminder - Temporary Exit North of Marion in Effect
Starting today, the former Marion Street exit will be closed and drivers will be directed to a temporary exit closer to the fire station between Marion and Madison streets. Vehicle traffic exiting at this location will be directed to turn left or right onto Alaskan Way. Drivers can access Marion St. by turning right onto Alaskan Way, then left onto Marion St. The temporary exit will remain in place through fall 2015 due to on-going Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock. Map Link.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Ana/SJIs - 3/1 Reservation Status - Orcas to Anacortes 7:20pm & 10:20pm only
For Sunday, March 1, reserved vehicle space from Orcas to Anacortes is only available for the 7:20pm and 10:20pm departures. Limited drive-up space is available with a 45-minute advance arrival advised. Walk-on space is available for all departures. Reservations can be made more than three hours prior to sailing by calling 5 1 1 to speak with an Information Agent or online: Ferry Reservations


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

PT/CV - Update - 3/1 Reservation Status - CV 2:45pm, PT 3:30pm Drive-Up Full
For Sunday, March 1, reserved vehicle space from Port Townsend is only available for the 8:30 pm departure. Drive-up space is full for the 3:30 pm and 5:15 pm departures, and the terminal is now staging the 6:45 PM. From Coupeville, drive-up for 2:45 pm is full. Reserved vehicle space is available beginning with the 6:00 pm departure. Reservations must be made at least two hours prior to sailing by calling 5 1 1. Walk-on space is available for all departures. Your alternate routes are Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Edm/King - Kingston terminal wait time - 1 hour
Drivers will encounter an estimated 60 minute wait departing the Kingston terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic. No WSP boarding passes are being issued at this time. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Muk/Clin - Chelan - Boingo Out Of Service
Boingo Wi-Fi service is currently out of service on the Chelan. Please view the Online Schedule for affected sailings. Updates will occur as conditions change. Schedule: Sailing Schedule


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Sea/Brem/BI-Colman Dock – All Vehicles Over 30-Feet Exit at Yesler Way
Starting today, the existing Marion Street exit will close and a temporary exit between Marion and Madison streets closer to the fire station will 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 Link.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Sea/Brem/BI-Colman Dock – Exterior Pedestrian Stairways Close Feb. 25
Starting today, 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 Link.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Fauntleroy North Ferry Lane Closed 3/2 through 3/16
Starting Monday, March 2, adjacent construction at the Barton Street Pump Station will close the Fauntleroy terminal’s north ferry lane and tollbooth around the clock (24/7) for up to two weeks. Flaggers will direct vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic as necessary. Closure Map.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Community Meetings in March for Vashon Terminal Project
The existing Vashon timber ferry dock was constructed in 1957 and is at risk of collapse in the event of an earthquake. Construction to upgrade the terminal will begin this June and last until April 2016. Attend a community meeting to learn about why this project is needed and what customers should expect during construction, including adjustments to ferry operations and schedules.

The Southworth meeting will be Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm with a brief presentation at 6:15 pm at Harper Church - 10384 SE Sedgwick Road Port Orchard, WA.

The Vashon meeting will be Thursday, March 12 from 5:30-8 pm with a brief presentation at 6:30 pm at McMurray Middle School - 9329 SW Cemetery Road Vashon, WA.

Visit the SR160 Vashon Trestle project page for more information.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Edm/King - Reminder - Plan for Reduced Capacity for Six Weeks Starting Feb. 9
Starting February 9 through March 21, customers should plan for 44 fewer vehicle spaces on approximately half of all sailings on the Edmonds/Kingston route. This temporary downsizing is needed while one of two Jumbo Class vessels (188-car Spokane or the 188-car Walla Walla) normally assigned to this route is out of service for scheduled maintenance and U.S. Coast Guard inspections. Customers are advised to plan ahead by preparing for longer than usual wait times at the terminal. Vessel assignments are as follows:

Feb. 9 – Feb. 11: 144-car Hyak and 188-car Walla Walla
Feb. 12 – Feb. 28: 144-car Tokitae and 188-car Walla Walla
Feb. 28 – March 21: 144-car Tokitae and 188-car Spokane


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Edm/King - Speed Limit Reduced on SR 104 Approaching Edmonds Terminal
The speed limit on SR 104 has been reduced to 35 mph approaching a new signalized crosswalk located adjacent to Edmonds City Park. Drivers entering or exiting the Edmonds ferry terminal are advised to slow down and look for pedestrians and cyclists using the crosswalk. For more information visit the Edmonds City Park page.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Faunt/Va/Sw - Evergreen State Replaced Cathlamet on 2/19
On Thursday, Feb. 19, the 87-vehicle Evergreen State will replace the 124-vehicle Cathlamet for approximately two weeks while the Cathlamet moves to Seattle/Bremerton to replace another vessel undergoing emergent repairs. Passengers should note that the Evergreen State has been moved back into service to maintain the three-boat schedule on the route. The E-State is an older, slower vessel and passengers are advised that the vessel may not be able to maintain the schedule during periods of heavy commuter traffic. During the week day, the Evergreen State will remain in the #2 sailing position. The vessel will not have Wi-Fi, galley service or vending machines on board. Vending machines are available in the terminals. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Vashon Highway Driver Alert
Plan for delays on Vashon Highway north of Southwest 112th Street (leading to the Vashon ferry terminal) on weekdays from 8 am to 3:30 pm starting Thursday, Feb. 12, through March 12. King County drainage crews will maintain two-way traffic during commute times, and alternating one-way traffic at other times. Crews will direct ferry holding lane traffic around the drainage work area when necessary and at times when the ferries are loading. Drivers are asked to please drive carefully through the work zone. Here is a Map Of the Closure


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock Access Changes Starting Monday, Jan. 12
Beginning Monday, Jan. 12, access to Colman Dock via Alaskan Way will change. The ferry holding lanes in front of Colman Dock between Madison Street and Yesler Way will be closed and travelers will access Colman Dock directly from either northbound or southbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way. These changes are needed to allow for shifting work zones for two major construction projects – the SR 99 Tunnel and Elliott Bay Seawall. View a Map of the changes accessible from the WSF Home Page.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Ana/SJIs - Vehicle Reservations Available Now Through June 13
Vehicle reservations are highly recommended for travel in the San Juan Islands. Space for winter and spring travel is available now through June 13. Summer reservations will be available beginning April 14. Weekends, Spring break, and Memorial Day weekend will bring large crowds to all Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry terminals. Save your spot on the ferry by making a Reservation. Reservation space is released in tiers. A total of 90 percent of vehicle spaces on each sailing will be available for reservations.

WSF staff are currently available to assist our customers by phone from 4:00 am to 8:30 pm daily by calling 206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

PT/Coup, Ana/Sid - Spring Reservations Available For March 22 - June 13
On Jan. 22, reservations became available online for the spring sailing schedule on the Anacortes/Sidney, BC international route and Port Townsend/Coupeville. Online Reservations are available 24/7 at the Save a Spot website.

WSF staff are currently available to assist our customers by phone from 4:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily by calling 206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.


Sunday, March 01, 2015 03:13 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Vehicle Queue Policies at Fauntleroy
During the Barton Pump Station Upgrade project no left hand turns into the terminal will be allowed, except for the Vanpools and Carpools, between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm Mon - Fri.

Customers lining up at Fauntleroy should note that the ferry queue continues along Fauntleroy Way at the gas station at the north end of Lincoln Park; it does not go down 47th Ave. SW toward the beach. Please also note that line cutting is against state law and subject to a fine of up to $124. We ask that customers be respectful of others waiting in the queue. You can report line-cutters by calling 877-764-HERO. All violators are logged and receive a warning letter. Multiple violations result in further action.