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Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Faunt/Va/SW - Draft F/V/SW route sailing schedule
WSF will implement a new sailing schedule on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route in Spring 2019. Mark your calendars for upcoming public open houses and go online to review and comment on the draft schedule at: Triangle Outreach. The comment period runs through Friday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Triangle Route draft sailing schedule open houses:

Fauntleroy - Tuesday, October 23, 5-7 p.m. Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Avenue SW, Seattle

Vashon - Wednesday, October 24, 6-8 p.m. Vashon Island High School, 9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon Island

Southworth - Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Harper Church, 10384 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard

Thursday, October 18, 2018 07:07 AM

Weekend ferry schedule changes due to Colman Dock construction Oct. 20-21
Nearly all trips to and from Colman Dock will follow a temporary sailing schedule on Saturday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 21, as construction to replace the state’s seismically vulnerable flagship ferry terminal steams ahead.

From the first sailing on Saturday until the last sailing on Sunday, all Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings will share a single slip. In order to prevent more than one ferry from arriving at or departing the slip at the same time, vessels will operate slower, and departure times will shift between five and 30 minutes on most sailings.

Construction activities require the use of one of two ferry slips so the Pacific Lifter, a giant barge with a floating crane, can drive piles on the north trestle. The piles will support a platform and a large crane that will be used for demolition and future pile driving work on the north trestle. All loud work, such as pile driving, will only occur during daylight hours; quieter work may occur around the clock.

Tips to prepare for Oct 20-21 changes:

  • Plan ahead: Departure times will be different on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. Check the PDF schedule in advance.
  • Arrive early in Seattle: If departing from Colman Dock, plan to arrive at least 30-60 minutes before your sailing.
  • Add extra travel time: Crossing times will be longer when the single slip is occupied.
  • Check VesselWatch: Get real-time status of your ferry’s location on the route.

There will be much less room for vehicles waiting to load during the weekend work. Vehicles in line for Bremerton and Bainbridge Island departures will share holding lanes on the south side of Colman Dock. When the dock is full, people in vehicles will wait in overflow vehicle holding lanes on Pier 48. It is important for all travelers to watch for signs and follow ferry terminal crew directions at toll plaza and inside the passenger terminal building.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Ana/SJI/Sid. - Scheduled Reduced Service - Oct. 22 - Nov. 4
Beginning Monday, October 22 to November 4, a temporary 3-boat schedule will be implemented on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands’ route. Several vessels are scheduled for necessary maintenance, reducing WSF’s fleet during through November 4. Regular service will return on November 5. Existing reservations scheduled for this period are cancelled and all vehicles will be loaded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Adjusted departure times can be viewed by visiting the Temporary 3-Boat Schedule on the WSF website. Washington State Ferries appreciates your understanding as we maintain our vessels to ensure reliable service.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Hood Canal Bridge Overnight Closures - Reminder
Take note late night and early morning drivers: Beginning the evening of Monday, Oct. 15, WSDOT maintenance crews will intermittently close the State Route 104 Hood Canal Bridge to vehicles over a series of consecutive nights.

Scheduled night intermittent closures will occur as follows. During the below hours, crews will open the bridge to traffic on occasion to help relieve congestion. The openings to traffic are unscheduled and performed as work allows:

• 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, until 1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
• 10 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 16, until 4 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17
• 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, until 4 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
• 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, until 4 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19
• 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, until 4 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20

The closures allow crews to move toward completion of a project to repair or replace equipment that operate the bridge’s drawspan. The Washington State Department of Transportation anticipates the need for an additional round of night bridge closures to complete the work. Dates and times for those closures will be announced as they are scheduled. Drivers are encouraged to sign up for WSDOT email updates and check the WSDOT Hood Canal Bridge web page for up to the minute bridge information.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 08:19 PM

Sea/BI - ADA Alert - M/V Tacoma passenger elevator is back in service
The passenger elevator on the M/V Tacoma is back in service.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:35 PM

Sea/Brem - ADA Alert - M/V Chimacum #2 passenger elevator is back in service
The #2 passenger elevator on the M/V Chimacum is back in service.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Sea/BI - Update - Construction impacts on Winslow Way E - (Sept.- Nov.)
The city of Bainbridge Island will conduct work on Winslow Way E between SR 305 and Ericksen Ave NE from September to November. The right-turn-only lane on Winslow Way E onto SR 305 will be closed for the duration of the project. The sidewalk on the south side of Winslow Way E will also be closed. Ferry customers may experience delays or need to find alternate routes to access the ferry terminal during this time. Please visit Winslow Way Construction Project for more information.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Vehicle holding area and slip changes at Colman Dock
Big changes have been implemented to the Colman Dock vehicle holding areas. The Bremerton and Bainbridge Island vehicle holding areas have become smaller and moved to new locations on the dock through 2019.

The Bremerton holding area is now located on the north end of the dock, and the Bainbridge holding area is on the south side. Relocating the vehicle holding areas will help make the most efficient use of available space on the dock during ongoing construction. The corresponding ferry slips assigned to Bainbridge and Bremerton also will be relocated adjacent to the new vehicle holding locations.

Please visit the Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project - What to expect during construction page for details.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Sign up for WSF's Customer Feedback Survey
The Washington State Transportation Commission is seeking customer feedback on Washington State Ferries and invites you to join the Ferry Riders Opinion Group. Share your thoughts about WSF’s customer service, reservations, fares, food, and more. Sign up today so you don’t miss the next survey; you’ll get a notification as soon as the survey goes live. We want to hear it all—the good, the bad, and everything in between. Thank you for your participation!

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Faunt/Va/SW - Southworth Vehicle Staging Procedure
Effective immediately due to safety reasons, drivers are advised that vehicles will queue up (line up on SE Sedgwick Rd) and proceed on a first come, first serve basis to the toll booth for the next available sailing. If a line exists from the tollbooth to the intersection at SE Southworth Drive and SE Sedgwick Highway, all vehicles must line up in the ferry line on Sedgwick Highway. These changes have been made for safety and for the first come, first serve loading process.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Fauntleroy Tollbooth & Traffic Changes
All drivers must stop at the tollbooth to buy or redeem tickets. Drivers will receive a destination card and a receipt, and will no longer have to stop again after the tollbooth to scan tickets. Instead, they must keep their destination cards visible, and will be directed to the appropriate holding lane.

WSF implemented these changes to the Fauntleroy traffic patterns with the aim of improving efficiency at the tollbooth during peak commute time.

Customers could still experience extended wait times during peak travel periods when volume of vehicles waiting to board exceeds capacity.

Please follow all instructions from WSF staff and signs. For more information about the new procedure, please visit FVS Improvement.

To purchase tickets online, visit Wave2Go.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 04:29 AM

Muk/Clin - ADA Pick Up and Drop Off at Clinton Must Enter Through Tollbooth
Customers using the ADA/limited mobility pick-up and drop-off area at the Clinton terminal must enter through the tollbooth instead of the transit bus lanes. Entering through the tollbooth helps keep car traffic out of the bus lanes and ensures your safety and security on the dock. Passengers that are able to walk a short distance can save time and avoid lineups at the tollbooth by using the designated drop-off/pick-up area across from the phone booth on Ferry Dock road. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.