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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 04:26 PM

PT/Coup - Update - Terminal Status 5/25
For Wednesday, May 25, vehicle reservations are only available on the 8:30pm from Port Townsend. Vehicle reservations are available for most remaining sailings from Coupeville*.

* - Subject to change due to cancellations and/or changes made to existing reservations.

If reservation space is available, please make a reservation. Those travelling without a reservation may want to consider alternate routes, as standby space on fully reserved sailings is very limited. Your alternate routes are Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 04:51 PM

PT/Coup - Plan For Busy Travel Weekend
WSF expects a record number of ferry travelers this weekend, so please plan ahead if you are traveling between Port Townsend and Coupeville via ferry. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for tall vehicles over 7'2". To make reservations or check schedules, visit Take A Ferry or call 206-464-6400. When traveling with a reservation, you must arrive at the terminal more than 30 minutes in advance of your sailing time. 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. Travel on your reserved sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we prepare for a busy holiday weekend. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 04:36 PM

Ana/SJI: Plan For Busy Travel Weekend
WSF expects a record number of ferry travelers this weekend, so please plan ahead if you are visiting the San Juan Islands. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for tall vehicles over 7'2". To make reservations or check schedules, visit Take A Ferry or call 206-464-6400. When traveling with a reservation, you must check in at the terminal tollbooth 30 minutes prior to your reservation time, so WSF recommends that you arrive at the terminal 45-60 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. Travel on your reserved sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we prepare for a busy holiday weekend. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 04:50 PM

Muk/Clin - Low tides may affect travel for low clearance trucks June 4-8
Please be advised that between June 4 through 8, low tides may affect travel for low-clearance trucks, trailers, and other tow vehicles on the Mukilteo/Clinton route. This is because the tides affect the angle of the bridge that allows vehicles to drive onto the ferry. These vehicle types with less than 14 inches of clearance from the ground to the undercarriage of the vehicle, may be delayed depending on the tides during this time period and will have to wait until the tide comes in to depart the terminal. WSF apologizes for the inconvenience.


Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:40 AM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder-New procedure at Fauntleroy starting May 23
Starting Monday, May 23, all vehicles except motorcycles and bicycles must stop at the tollbooths at the Fauntleroy Terminal to purchase and/or redeem tickets. Motorcyclists and bicyclists will continue to be processed near the Terminal building at the west end of the dock.

To speed up the loading process during peak travel times, a bypass lane will be provided for pre-ticketed vehicles only (no sales). New signage has been installed in front of and on the toll booths to indicate when the pre-ticketed bypass lane is open, in addition to providing other important information. Please pay attention to signs and watch for instructions from WSF staff at the Fauntleroy Terminal.

Please note that as a safety precaution, WSF will not allow passengers to be dropped off or picked up at the terminal when the pre-ticketed bypass lane is open. Passengers can be picked up/dropped off in the load zone just south of the Terminal on Fauntleroy Way during these times. Customers with disabilities that prevent them from using the walkway at the terminal should notify WSF staff upon arriving at the terminal that they will need a closer pick-up/drop-off point.

This change is being implemented to speed vehicle processing and loading times. Thank you for your cooperation!


Saturday, May 21, 2016 03:53 PM

Muk/Clin - Plan for reduced capacity May 16-June 11
Starting Monday, May 16, and continuing through Sunday, June 11, plan for 24 fewer vehicle spaces on approximately half of all sailings on the Mukilteo/Clinton route. The temporary downsizing is needed while the 144-car Tokitae normally assigned to the route is out of service for scheduled warranty work.


Saturday, May 21, 2016 03:53 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Changes coming to Vashon dock
From Monday, April 25 through Tuesday, May 31, 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.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016 05:28 AM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Plan for reduced capacity through mid-June
Customers are advised to prepare for longer than usual wait times due to a temporary vessel downsizing on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route. Beginning Monday, May 9 through mid-June, the route will be served by the 87-car Tillikum, the 124-car Cathlamet and the 90-car Sealth.


Saturday, May 21, 2016 03:54 PM

PT/Coup - One boat schedule through May 26 – Reservations strongly advised
Due to repairs needed to the M/V Salish, the Port Townsend/Coupeville route will continue to operate on a one-boat (Early Spring) schedule through May 26. WSF has added one additional round-trip sailing that departs from Port Townsend at 10 p.m. and Coupeville at 10:40 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays during this time.

Please be aware that traveling stand-by during this time period could result in long wait times, and customers are strongly encouraged to make reservations early; reservations are available at Take a ferry Travelers without reservations may want to consider taking alternate routes, such as the Mukilteo/Clinton route to reach Whidbey Island and the Edmonds/Kingston route to access the Olympic Peninsula.

WSF anticipates that the Salish will return to service on Friday, May 27. Should repairs be complete before then, we will return the vessel to the route sooner. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and we thank you for your patience as we work to improve our service to you.


Saturday, May 21, 2016 03:54 PM

PT/Coup - Corrected Port Townsend/Coupeville late spring sailing schedule
Please be advised that the print version of the Late Spring sailing schedule for the Port Townsend/Coupeville route contains several errors. A corrected version of this schedule is now available online and in print at both terminals and on all Port Townsend/Coupeville vessels. The updated sailing schedule corrects the misprinted Port Townsend/Coupeville departure times found in the original printed version of the 2016 WSF spring schedule. The spring sailing schedules are correct for all other routes in the system. We apologize for the inconvenience. View the correct late spring Port Townsend/Coupeville sailing schedule here.


Saturday, May 21, 2016 12:28 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.


Sunday, May 22, 2016 02:25 PM

Sea/BI - Boingo Wireless Out of Service on Wenatchee
Boingo Wi-Fi service is currently out of service on the Wenatchee. Please view the Schedule for affected sailings. The Wenatchee is the #2 boat. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 05:06 PM

Fa/Va/Sw - Wait Time - Fauntleroy Terminal - 30-45 Minutes
Drivers will encounter an estimated 30-45 minute wait departing the Fauntleroy terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 03:10 PM

Fa/Va/Sw: Route Is 15-20 Minutes Behind Schedule
Please be advised that the boats on this route are running approximately 15-20 minutes behind schedule because of construction delays, heavy traffic, and a smaller boat running on the route. WSF is hopeful that with certain construction projects on Vashon scheduled to end on June 3, and the M/V Issaquah returning to this route in mid-June, that these delays are only temporary.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as WSF continues to implement a new loading/ticket redemption procedure at the Fauntleroy. We ask that vanpools taking the 4:20 sailing either wait in the triangular-shaped vanpool parking lot or south of the bus stop on Fauntleroy Way until after the prior sailing has left at approximately 4:15 p.m.


Friday, May 13, 2016 10:33 AM

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.


Friday, May 13, 2016 10:33 AM

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.


Friday, May 13, 2016 10:33 AM

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.


Friday, May 13, 2016 10:33 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.


Friday, May 20, 2016 03:34 AM

ALL ROUTES: Reminder--Fare increases and Peak Season Surcharge take effect May 1
Please be advised of several changes to the fares on Washington State Ferries that will take effect on May 1, 2016:

A passenger fare increase of 1% and a vehicle/driver fare of 2.5% will go into effect on all domestic sailings. May 1 also marks the date that the Peak Season surcharge goes into effect for non-commuter vehicles and drivers; multi-ride products will not be affected by the Peak Season surcharge. Peak Season begins Sunday, May 1 and goes through Friday, September 30.

Also on May 1, the definition of over-height vehicles will change from 7'6" to 7'2". Vehicles between 22-30 feet long that are over 7'2" tall will be charged the over-height fare. The purpose of this change is to align the height threshold with the actual overhead clearance on the side vehicle decks of most ferries.

WSF fares are set by the Washington State Transportation Commission. For more information, visit Transportation Commission


Friday, May 13, 2016 10:33 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.