Travel Alert Bulletins

Washington State Ferries offers a free travel alert subscription service via email or text message. Travel Alerts help you stay informed of conditions on your route so you can plan ahead. Note: We use the term, "operational constraints," for a variety of generalized issues including mechanical repairs to the vessels or terminals, crewing shortages and U.S. Coast Guard inspections.



Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

Ana/SJs - Reservation System Update
For the Anacortes/San Juan Islands summer schedule, which runs from June 14 to September 19, the first third of space on all sailings will be released in six increments according to the following schedule:

  • Beginning Tuesday, April 28 reservations can be made for June 14-30
  • Beginning Thursday, April 30 reservations can be made for July 1-15
  • Beginning Tuesday, May 5 reservations can be made for July 16-29
  • Beginning Tuesday, May 12 reservations can be made for July 30-August 12
  • Beginning Thursday, May 14 reservations can be made for August 13-26
  • Beginning Tuesday, May 19 reservations can be made for August 27-September 19

    For the Anacortes/Sidney B.C. and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes, reservations for all summer dates will be available starting Wednesday, April 22.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Summer Reservations For Ana/Sid BC and PT/Coup Routes
    Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, vehicle reservations for the entire summer schedule will be available on the Anacortes/Sidney B.C. and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes. Reservations can be made Online or by calling 511.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    PT/Coup - Update - 4/26 Reservation Status - PT Sailings Full, Limited Standby
    For Sunday, April 26, all Port Townsend vehicle space is fully reserved. Standby space is taken for 3:30 pm. The terminal is now staging the 5:15 pm departure and alternate routes are advised *. Vehicle space from Coupeville is only available for the 9:10 pm departure. Limited Coupeville standby space is available at 4:15 pm, with a 45-minute advance arrival advised. Reservations can be made up to two hours prior to sailing by calling 5 1 1 or online at: Ferry Reservations.

    Walk-on space is available. Your alternate routes are Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton.

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


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Ana/SJs - Update - 3:05pm and 5:00pm Lopez to Anacortes Sailings Full
    For Sunday, April 26th, vehicle space is full for the 3:05 pm and 5:00 pm sailings from Lopez to Anacortes. The Lopez terminal is now staging the 7:10 pm sailing to Anacortes. The final departure of the day is at 8:25 pm. Walk-on space is available for all departures.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Friday Harbor - 4/26 Reservation Status - 6:25pm to Anacortes Fully Reserved
    For Sunday, April 26, vehicle space for the 6:25 pm sailing from Friday Harbor to Anacortes is fully reserved and standby space is limited *. Vehicle reservations from Friday Harbor to Anacortes are only available for the 7:45 pm and 10:05 pm departures and can be made up to three hours prior to sailing by calling 5 1 1 or online at: Ferry Reservations.

    Walk-on space is available for all departures.

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


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Edm/King - 1 Hour Wait Departing Kingston Terminal
    Drivers will encounter a 1 hour wait departing from the Kingston Terminal. Updates will occur as more information becomes available.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Sid/SJs/Ana - 4/26 - The Elevator On The Elwha Is Currently Out Of Service
    The elevator on the Elwha is currently out of service. The passenger cabin is accessible only via the stairway from the car deck. There is a restroom available on the auto deck for passengers but is not ADA accessible. Updates will occur as conditions change. We apologize for the inconvenience.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    PT/Coup - No Ferry Service May 2-3, 2015
    Necessary repairs to the Coupeville ferry transfer span require WSF to suspend all sailings between Port Townsend and Coupeville all day Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. Customers wishing to travel to and from Whidbey Island are encouraged to use alternate routes such as the Clinton-Mukilteo and Edmonds-Kingston ferries or driving around via I-5 and SR- 20.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this closure imposes on our customers. Thank you in advance for your patience while we work to keep the Coupeville terminal safe and operational for years to come.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Muk/Clin - Expect Long Wait Times May 2-3
    A planned construction closure and service suspension on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 could divert higher than normal volumes of traffic to the Mukilteo/Clinton and Edmonds/Kingston routes. Customers are encouraged to plan ahead for longer wait times at both Mukilteo and Clinton terminals throughout the weekend.

    Please check the
    Mukilteo Terminal Conditions Page

    Clinton Terminal Conditions Page


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Edm/King - Expect Long Wait Times May 2-3
    A planned construction closure and service suspension on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 could divert higher than normal volumes of traffic to the Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton routes. Customers are encouraged to plan ahead for longer wait times at both Edmonds and Kingston terminals throughout the weekend.

    Please check the
    Edmonds Terminal Conditions Page

    Kingston Terminal Conditions Page


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Edm/King - Speed Limit Reduced on SR 104 Approaching Edmonds Terminal
    The speed limit on SR 104 has been reduced to 35 mph approaching a new signalized crosswalk located adjacent to Edmonds City Park. Drivers entering or exiting the Edmonds ferry terminal are advised to slow down and look for pedestrians and cyclists using the crosswalk. For more information visit the Edmonds City Park page.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Ana/SJs - Spring - Supplemental Service For Memorial Day
    In anticipation of heavier than normal traffic for Memorial Day weekend, Washington State Ferries has added the following extra sailings to serve the San Juan Islands: Thursday, May 21, 1:55 p.m. Anacortes to Friday Harbor; Friday, May 22, 9:30 p.m. Anacortes to Orcas Island; Saturday, May 23, 1:55 p.m. Anacortes to Friday Harbor; Monday, May 25, 3:15 p.m. Orcas Island to Anacortes and Monday, May 25, 1:55 p.m. Anacortes to Orcas Island.

    A limited number of reservations on these additional sailings are currently available; however, more reservable space will be released in phases, beginning two weeks before the holiday weekend and again two days before the holiday weekend. For more information on the reservation release schedule, or to make a vehicle reservation, please call 511 or visit: Reservations


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock – All Vehicles Over 30-Feet Exit at Yesler Way
    Starting today, the existing Marion Street exit will close and a temporary exit between Marion and Madison streets closer to the fire station will 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.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock – Exterior Pedestrian Stairways Close Feb. 25
    Ongoing Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock will temporarily close the north and south exterior stairways to the terminal building through fall 2015. Pedestrian access will be maintained via outside elevator, the Marion Street pedestrian bridge and a street-level crossing leading to the indoor terminal ramps. Map.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock - Reminder - Temporary Exit North of Marion in Effect
    Starting today, the former Marion Street exit will be closed and drivers will be directed to a temporary exit closer to the fire station between Marion and Madison streets. Vehicle traffic exiting at this location will be directed to turn left or right onto Alaskan Way. Drivers can access Marion St. by turning right onto Alaskan Way, then left onto Marion St. The temporary exit will remain in place through fall 2015 due to on-going Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock. Map.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock Access Changes Starting Monday, Jan. 12
    Beginning Monday, Jan. 12, access to Colman Dock via Alaskan Way will change. The ferry holding lanes in front of Colman Dock between Madison Street and Yesler Way will be closed and travelers will access Colman Dock directly from either northbound or southbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way. These changes are needed to allow for shifting work zones for two major construction projects – the SR 99 Tunnel and Elliott Bay Seawall. View a Map of the changes accessible from the WSF Home Page.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 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.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    Ana/SJs - Vehicle Reservations Available Now Through June 13
    Vehicle reservations are highly recommended for travel in the San Juan Islands. Space for winter and spring travel is available now through June 13. Summer reservations will be available beginning April 14. Weekends, Spring break, and Memorial Day weekend will bring large crowds to all Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry terminals. Save your spot on the ferry by making a Reservation. Reservation space is released in tiers. A total of 90 percent of vehicle spaces on each sailing will be available for reservations.

    WSF staff are currently available to assist our customers by phone from 5:00 am to 8:15 pm daily by calling 206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 PM

    PT/Coup, Ana/Sid - Spring Reservations Available For March 22 - June 13
    On Jan. 22, reservations became available online for the spring sailing schedule on the Anacortes/Sidney, BC international route and Port Townsend/Coupeville. Online Reservations are available 24/7 at the Save a Spot website.

    WSF staff are currently available to assist our customers by phone from 5:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. daily by calling 206-464-6400 or 1-888-808-7977.


    Sunday, April 26, 2015 03:27 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.