Travel Alert Bulletins

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 04:01 PM

All Routes - Peak Season Surcharge Ends Friday September 30
The last day the peak season surcharge will be in effect is Friday, September 30. On Saturday, October 1, fares will return to their non-peak rates. Please visit Fares for more information.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 01:21 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Road Closure In Port Orchard 9/21 - 11/16
SE Southworth Drive in Port Orchard will be closed September 21 – November 16 for culvert replacement from the intersection of SE Olympiad Drive extending south for 500 feet. Please follow signs for detour routes during this time.
For more information: West Sound Watersheds


Sunday, September 25, 2016 05:11 PM

PT/Coup - Galley Service
The galley will be closed on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route as WSF transitions to a new food service provider. We apologize for the inconvenience and expect the galley to reopen under new management in October. In the meantime, the on-board vending machines will be stocked with additional items. Thank you for your patience during this transition.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:50 PM

Washington State Ferries Galley Service Update 9/24
Dear customers: WSF is transitioning to a new food service provider that will bring new food choices and high quality service to our fleet starting this October. During this transition, some of our galleys will be closed for renovations and upgrades -- including the galley on the M/V Elwha, which runs between Anacortes and Sidney, BC starting this Sunday, September 25. In the meantime, the on-board vending machines are still available in the passenger cabin, and the Duty Free Shop will have bottled water and snacks onboard. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition, and we look forward to providing you with exciting new galley service next month!


Thursday, September 22, 2016 05:22 AM

Muk/Clin - 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.


Thursday, September 22, 2016 05:22 AM

PD/Tah - ADA Alert - Please Notify WSF Staff Prior to Boarding Elevator
Please be advised that the phone inside the Chetzemoka’s elevator is out of service. As a safety precaution, we ask that customers who would like to use the elevator notify WSF crew aboard the vessel prior to taking the elevator. Thank you for your cooperation.


Sunday, September 25, 2016 09:18 AM

Ana/SJs/Sidney, B.C.-The Chelan galley is closed today 9/25
Due to contractor staffing issues the galley on the Chelan is closed today. Vending machines are available on board the vessel as well as at the Anacortes terminal. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when more information becomes available.


Thursday, September 22, 2016 05:22 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Overflow Vehicle Holding Pattern at Colman Dock
Because of the SR-99 Tunnel and Elliott Bay Seawall projects, please be advised that on busy travel days this summer—particularly Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings—drivers departing the Seattle ferry terminal may need to use an on-street ferry holding lane when Colman Dock’s holding area reaches capacity. Be prepared to see uniformed police officers stationed at certain intersections to direct traffic.

  • Northbound drivers will be directed to the holding lane, which runs on southbound Alaskan Way.
  • Left turns from northbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way will be limited to freight, motorcycles and vanpools only.

A map with the holding lane can be found at Colman Dock access.

Travelers should prepare for additional congestion along Alaskan Way and nearby streets as drivers adjust to the new configuration. Drivers headed to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton or dropping off passengers should arrive well ahead of scheduled sailing times or consider traveling during off-peak times.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ferry holding lane, please contact viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call the program hotline at 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463). If you have questions about Elliott Bay Seawall Project construction, email seawall@waterfrontseattle.org or call 206-618-8584.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 06:24 PM

Ana/SJs/Sidney - Elwha Replaces Chelan on Sunday, Sept. 25
On Sunday, Sept. 25, the 144-car Elwha replaces the 124-car Chelan, beginning with the Anacortes 3:40 pm sailing to Shaw and Orcas. On Monday, Sept. 26, the Elwha will provide international service to and from Sidney, BC. The Elwha galley will remain closed until further notice while WSF transitions to a new food service provider; in the meantime, on-board vending machines are available in the passenger cabin. WSF thanks you for your patience and looks forward to providing you with more food choices and high quality service starting next month.


Thursday, September 22, 2016 05:22 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.


Thursday, September 22, 2016 05:22 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.