Washington State Ferries continues to operate an Alternate Sailing Schedule on most routes until further notice. These changes will help offer more predictable and reliable service systemwide in the face of crewing shortages due to a global shortage mariners that has been worsened by the pandemic.
Therefore the following changes to service are in effect:
• Seattle/Bainbridge, Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton: One-boat service instead of two
• Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth: Daily two-boat schedule instead of three
• Anacortes/San Juan Islands: Daily three-boat schedule instead of four with no vehicle reservations
The updated schedules are currently listed as “inactive” on the schedule page online and will become active when they begin.
Reservations for San Juan Islands Route
In an effort to accommodate customers affected by the service change who still need to travel, new reservations for travel in the San Juan Islands has been closed until further notice. The suspension is intended to leave capacity for those who were on cancelled sailings who still need to travel. Customers with reservations for sailings no longer in service will be given priority on other sailings and loaded on a first-come, first-served basis. Existing reservation holders whose sailings were not affected should still plan on arriving to their departing terminal at least 45 minutes before their scheduled sailing.
Customers who choose not to travel during this time will not incur a fee. Those passengers who need to travel standby without a reservation may encounter delays and should get to the terminal early.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to provide reliable service during this challenging time.
Starting Monday, Oct. 11, a contractor for the City of Edmonds will be using one of the terminal holding lanes on State Route 104/Edmonds Way from 6 a.m. Mondays through 4:30 p.m. Thursdays for several months. Both approach lanes will be open for ferry travelers Thursday evenings through Sunday and holidays. We appreciate your support while the City of Edmonds conducts important sewer work. We will keep you informed as this continues.
Face masks are now required only in indoor areas of our terminals and vessels for all riders and employees in compliance with the latest CDC guidelines. All customers inside terminals or vessels should continue to wear face coverings. However, passengers can remove their masks while outdoors on the sun deck, car deck areas of the vessel, outside waiting areas at terminals and other outdoor locations. Please remember to mask up upon reentering interior areas of boats and terminals.
The #2 elevator at the Seattle terminal is temporarily out of service. The #1 elevator remains in service. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The elevator on the inter-island vessel Tillikum is temporarily out of service due to necessary maintenance and repairs. An update on a repair status will follow when more information becomes available.
WSF will delay the resumption of service to Sidney, British Columbia until 2022 due to the uncertainty of the reopening of the maritime border between the United States and Canada, along with continued significant crewing and vessel availability challenges.
Adding international service at this time would further stress already strained domestic service that’s affecting Washingtonians still navigating post-COVID travel.
We look forward to taking customers to the Canadian Islands again as soon as we are able.
The Bremerton women's ADA restroom stall is out of service until further notice. Updates will occur as more information becomes available.
All customers on the 9:30 p.m. sailing from Southworth to Fauntleroy will switch to a different vessel when they arrive in Vashon Island Friday evenings.
- Walk-on passengers will exit the vessel they arrived on and briefly wait at the Vashon terminal before re-boarding their new vessel.
- Passengers driving aboard will be directed off the boat by terminal staff and repositioned before boarding the new boat.
Once aboard, crews will then load all Fauntleroy-bound Vashon passengers before departing to West Seattle.
This adjustment allows crews more time to perform needed maintenance for the three boats assigned to the route to better avoid service disruptions.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work to maintain our fleet.
Due to needed increased security, Metro Parks Tacoma has begun locking the gate to the Point Defiance Marina Lot nightly at 10:00 p.m.
Customers traveling on the 10:00 p.m. sailing from Tahlequah to Point Defiance will still be able to exit the parking lot with their vehicle after arriving. However, customers sailing on the 10:55 p.m. sailing from Tahlequah will not be able to exit the parking lot when they get to Point Defiance. If customers need access to their vehicle after the 10:00 p.m. sailing, they can park their vehicle at the Tahlequah lot.