Ferry Alert Bulletins

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Traffic Alert - Hood Canal Bridge inspections 9/22 – 10/3
For approximately two weeks beginning Monday, Sept. 22, Hood Canal Bridge inspections may result in unscheduled openings of the bridge. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each weekday, motorists are advised to expect delays when crossing the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge. Numerous daily drawspan openings could be needed for crews to inspect various bridge components. Most drawspan openings are expected to be of short duration, and every effort will be made to minimize impacts to vehicular traffic.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Ana/SJs - Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally, 9/28
The Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally occurs this Sunday, Sept 28, in Anacortes. Motorists can expect large volumes of motorcycles and loading delays throughout the weekend. In Anacortes, motorcyclists must stay in the vehicle queue until through the tollbooth. In FRIDAY HARBOR, motorcyclists may bypass the vehicle queue. On ORCAS, the first 20 motorcycles will be loaded on both 8:45 am and 12:25 pm sailings if in line at least 60 minutes in advance of sailing time. Others will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis. From LOPEZ, 10 motorcycles will be loaded on both the 7:30 am and 9:30 am sailings, if in line at least 60 minutes in advance of sailing time. Others will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Muk/Clin - Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally, 9/28
On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Clinton Terminal expects heavy volumes of motorcycle traffic for the Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally in Anacortes. Motorcycles should stage in the local traffic lane and will be loaded as space is available. A minimum of two lanes of motorcycles will receive preferential loading at the beginning of each load out of Clinton. For travel from the Mukilteo terminal, motorcyclists must line up with vehicle traffic and will be loaded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets online.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Edm/King - Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally, 9/28
Drivers should anticipate delays as the Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally gets underway this Sunday, Sept 28, in Anacortes. Motorcyclists will be loaded on a first-come, first-serve basis with other vehicle traffic on the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

PT/Coup - Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally, 9/28
Drivers should anticipate delays as the Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally gets underway this Sunday, Sept 28, in Anacortes. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to make reservations while traveling on this route. Without reservations, motorcycles will be on standby and loaded on a first-come, first-serve basis with other waiting vehicle traffic. Reservations can be made by phone by calling 1-888-808-7977, from 7:00 am until 6:45 pm, or online via our website at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/reservations.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Sea/BI/Brem, Edm/King, PD/Tah - Fall schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 21
The fall sailing schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 21. Please check the schedule on line or pick up a purple schedule at the terminals or on the vessels. The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 21
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, the revised sailing schedule for the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route goes into effect. Drivers and passengers should note a number of 5 and 10-minute changes to the weekday departure schedule as well as fewer sailings on the weekend. Please check the schedule on line or pick up a purple schedule and additional handouts at the terminals or on the vessels. The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Muk/Clin - Fall schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 21
The fall sailing schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 21. In keeping with previous fall schedules, drivers and passengers should note there are fewer late night and early morning sailings Thursdays through Sundays. Please check the schedule on line or pick up a purple schedule at the terminals or on the vessels. The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Anacortes/SJs/Sidney - Fall schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 21
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, the fall sailing schedule goes into effect. In keeping with previous fall schedules, drivers and passengers should note the San Juan Islands will be served by four vessels with one daily round-trip to Sidney, BC via Friday Harbor. An extra westbound 11:40 a.m. departure to Shaw from Anacortes has been added to the schedule. Please check the schedule on line or pick up a purple schedule at the terminals or on the vessels. The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

PT/Coup - Fall schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 21
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, the fall sailing schedule goes into effect. Two-boat service continues through Monday, Oct. 13. One-boat service begins on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Reservations are recommended for this route. Drivers can make reservations by phone by calling 1-888-808-7977, from 7:00am until 6:45pm, or online via our website at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/reservations. Please check the schedule on line or pick up a purple schedule at the terminals or on the vessels. The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - ADA Update - Seattle terminal south elevator back in service
The south elevator at the Seattle terminal is back in service.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Delays on the Triangle route through September
Due to painter contract work, there is currently only one working slip available, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am through 5:00 pm at the Vashon terminal. This project is expected to last through September. Passengers should also note that the Evergreen State, recently retired, 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. The Evergreen State will remain in the #2 sailing position until further notice. Passengers are advised to plan their commute accordingly.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

PT/Coup, Ana/Sid - Fall Reservations Available
Reservations are now available for the fall sailing schedule on the Anacortes/Sidney, BC international, and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. Online reservations are available 24/7 at the Save a Spot website. WSF staff are currently available to assist our customers by phone from 7:00 am to 6:45 pm by calling 206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 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.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Ana/SJs - Orcas public address system currently inoperable
The public address system is currently out of service at the Orcas terminal. Technicians are working to resolve the issue. Traffic attendants will be announcing departure and destination information as they cycle through the holding lanes. Drivers are encouraged to watch for these attendants and ask for additional information if needed.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Ana/SJs - Cathlamet replaces Kaleetan, 9/19
Beginning with the 4:15 a.m. departure from Anacortes on Friday, Sept. 19, the 124-vehicle Cathlamet will replace the 144-vehicle Kaleetan on the Anacortes/San Juan Island route. Check the online schedule to see which sailings are affected. This vessel repositioning is in preparation for the fall sailing schedule which begins Sunday. Drivers are encouraged to plan their travels accordingly.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

Sea/Brem - Kaleetan replaces Cathlamet, 9/19
Beginning with the 6:20 a.m. departure from Bremerton on Friday, Sept. 19, the 144-vehicle Kaleetan will replace the 124-vehicle Cathlamet on the Seattle/Bremerton route. Please check the online schedule to see which sailings are affected.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 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.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:25 PM

All Routes - Pre-purchased tickets must be in-hand at tollbooth
Customers who choose to pre-purchase their tickets online must provide a printed copy of their ticket for travel upon arrival at the booth. Ticket Sellers will no longer enter the 18 digit ticket number, and are unable to scan media from mobile devices. Customers are reminded to plan ahead and have their ticket ready for scanning upon arrival at the ticket booth.