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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 04:30 AM

All Routes: Provide Comments on Preferential Loading Rules
You’re invited to share your thoughts on proposed changes to WSF’s preferential loading rules. We are updating the rules to streamline and clarify the Washington State Administrative code and reflect changes to the vehicle reservations program prior to its launch in the San Juan Islands next year. Join us for a public hearing Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at WSF 2901 Third Ave Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121 or email comments to Planning Director Ray Deardorf: Deardorf@wsdot.wa.gov.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

Sea/Brem - Plan For Reduced Vehicle Capacity Through Oct. 26
The 90-car Sealth and 144-car Hyak will be assigned to the route through Sunday, Oct. 26. Adding the Sealth to the Seattle-Bremerton route means the route will be downsized by 34 vehicles on half of all scheduled sailings during this time. The temporary downsizing is needed in order to maintain a full sailing schedule while the Wenatchee is out of service for its annual mandatory U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection, and the Kaleetan is out of service for mechanical repairs. Drive-on customers may experience heavier than usual vehicle traffic during this time.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

Sea/BI - Update Walla Walla Replaces Wenatchee Through 10/21
The 188-car Walla Walla will replace the 202-car Wenatchee through the end of the service day on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Drive-on customers may experience heavier than usual vehicle traffic during this time. The temporary downsizing is needed to maintain a full sailing schedule while the Wenatchee is out of service for its annual mandatory U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

Edm/King - Reduced Capacity Through 10/21
The 124-car Kitsap temporarily replaces the Walla Walla on the Edmonds-Kingston route through the end of the service day on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The temporary vessel reassignment will reduce capacity on the Edmonds-Kingston route by 64 fewer vehicles on half of all scheduled sailings. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead by expecting longer than usual wait times or taking the Bainbridge Island-Seattle route. The temporary downsizing is needed to maintain a full sailing schedule while the Wenatchee is out of service for its annual mandatory U.S. Coast Guard safety inspection.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Barton Pump Station Power Connection - 10/21
Seattle City Light will be staging equipment and trucks in the south exit lanes at the Fauntleroy terminal on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 9:00 a.m. through noon. Uniformed officers will be on-site for the duration of the work and will assist with traffic control. Drivers, bikes and pedestrians are advised to use caution when moving through the area.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

Sea/Brem/BI - Reminder - Season 2 Of Seawall Construction
Season 2 of seawall construction has begun. Ferry terminal access on Alaskan Way has shifted one block south, from Spring Street to just south of the intersection of Madison Street. Pedestrian and bicycle access to Colman Dock will be maintained in the current locations.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

PT/Coup - One-Boat Service Resumed Tuesday, 10/14
The final day of two-boat service on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route for 2014 was Monday, Oct. 13. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14, the route had its seasonal reduction to one-boat service, with sailings every 90 minutes. Please see the late fall schedule.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

Ana/SJs - ADA Alert - Klahowya elevator out of service
The elevator on the Klahowya is out of service. The passenger cabin is accessible only via the stairway. Customers may choose to remain on the car deck during the crossing. There are ADA facilities in the cabin area of the vessel as well as at each terminal. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when conditions change.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 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.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 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.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 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.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 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.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 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.


Monday, October 20, 2014 08:44 PM

Sea/Brem - ADA Alert - Port Orchard Foot Ferry Dock Closing 10/6
Kitsap Transit’s Port Orchard Foot Ferry Dock will be closed starting Monday, October 6. Kitsap Transit’s ferries will dock at the Port Orchard Marina. The marina ramp is steep and may not be accessible to all passengers. Riders who are not comfortable using the ramp should call Kitsap Transit at 1-800-501-7433 for information about transit alternatives during the closure.