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Saturday, September 24, 2016 08:01 PM

Update - Suspect in Police Custody, 9/24
A suspect in the Cascade Mall Shooting is in police custody.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 06:52 PM

Missing and Endangered Person, 9/24
Seattle PD is looking for a missing person last seen at 325 9th Ave, Harborview Hospital, Seattle. Jonathan Rice is a white male, 26 years old, blonde hair, blue eyes, no shoes, wearing a green hospital gown and missing a front tooth. He left Harborview Hospital with a brain injury and 3rd degree burns. He is unable to make sound decisions and has life threatening injuries if left untreated. If you see him please call 911.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:36 PM

Ana/SJs - Reminder - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 25
The Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally occurs this Sunday, Sept 25 in Anacortes. Motorists can expect large volumes of motorcycles and loading delays throughout the weekend. In Anacortes, Friday Harbor, and Orcas Island, motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to make reservations to ensure space on any desired sailing.

For travel Sunday, Sept. 25, motorcyclists will be loaded as follows:

From Anacortes: Regular traffic lanes until through tollbooth, then as directed to the motorcycle staging area.

From Friday Harbor: Motorcycles may bypass the vehicle queue.

From Orcas: Twenty (20) motorcycles will be loaded on both the 8:45am and the 12:25pm sailings if in line at least 60 minutes ahead of scheduled sailing time.

From Lopez: Ten (10) motorcycles will be loaded on both the 7:30am and the 9:30am sailings if in line at least 60 minutes ahead of scheduled sailing time.

Additional motorcycles taken on a first come, first served basis from both Orcas and Lopez.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:36 PM

PT/Coup - Reminder - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 25
On Sunday, Sept. 25, ferry travelers can expect delays due to a large number of motorcycles traveling to the Oyster Run in Anacortes. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to make an advance reservation. Without reservations, motorcycles will be on standby and loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other waiting vehicle traffic on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:35 PM

Mukilteo Terminal - Reminder - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 25
On Sunday, Sept. 25, ferry travelers can expect delays due to a large number of motorcycles traveling to the Oyster Run in Anacortes. Motorcyclists will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other vehicle traffic on the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets online.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:40 PM

Clinton Terminal - Reminder - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 25
On Sunday, Sept. 25, ferry travelers can expect delays due to a large number of motorcycles traveling to the Oyster Run in Anacortes. Motorcycles should stage in the local traffic lane and will be loaded as space is available. A minimum of two lanes of motorcycles will receive preferential loading at the beginning of each load. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets online.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 02:29 PM

Edm/King - Reminder - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 25
On Sunday, Sept. 25, ferry travelers can expect delays due to a large number of motorcycles traveling to the Oyster Run in Anacortes. Motorcyclists will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other vehicle traffic on the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds.


Friday, September 23, 2016 07:37 PM

Edm/King - Kitsap Color Classic Bicycle Event 9/25
Please be advised that on Sunday, September 25, the Kitsap Color Classic Bicycle ride will be taking place on the Kitsap Peninsula. The Edmonds/Kingston route will experience heavier than normal bicycle traffic beginning with the 8:50 a.m. departure from Edmonds. Drivers are advised to use caution when in the vicinity of bicyclists.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 06:14 PM

Muk/Clin - Update - Clinton Terminal Restrooms Back in Service, 9/24
Restrooms at the Clinton terminal are back in service.


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


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:41 PM

Edm/King - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the fall sailing schedule went into effect. Please check online at Fall 2016 or pick up a purple schedule, No. 242, at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 01:21 PM

PD/Tah - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the fall sailing schedule went into effect. Please check online at Fall 2016 or pick up a purple schedule, No. 242, at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:37 PM

Ana/SJs/Sidney - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the fall sailing schedule went into effect. Drivers and passengers should note the San Juan Islands will be served by four vessels with one daily round-trip to Sidney, BC via Friday Harbor. Drivers can make reservations online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/reservations or by calling 1-888-808-7977 (WA & BC) or 206-464-6400 (Seattle) to speak with an Information Agent. Please check the online schedule or pick up a purple schedule, No. 242, at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.

Check the online Fall 2016 schedule.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:36 PM

Sea/Brem - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
The fall sailing schedule began on Sunday, Sept. 18. Please check online at Fall 2016 or pick up a purple schedule, No. 242, at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:36 PM

Muk/Clin - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the fall sailing schedule went into effect. Drivers and passengers should note there are fewer late night and early morning sailings Saturdays and Sundays. Please check the online schedule or pick up purple schedule No. 242 at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.

View the Fall 2016 Schedule online at Fall 2016.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:49 PM

Sea/BI - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
The fall sailing schedule began on Sunday, Sept. 18. Please check online at Fall 2016 or pick up a purple schedule, No. 242, at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:39 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, fall sailing schedules for the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route went into effect. Drivers and passengers should note fewer sailings on the weekend. Please check the online schedule or pick up a purple schedule, No. 242, at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.

Fauntleroy/Vashon schedule online: Fall 2016.

Fauntleroy/Southworth schedule online: Fall 2016.

Southworth/Vashon schedule online: Fall 2016.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:48 PM

PT/Coup - Fall Schedule Began Sunday, Sept. 18
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the fall sailing schedule went into effect. Two-boat service continues through Monday, Oct. 10. One-boat service begins on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Reservations are recommended for this route and can be made at www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/reservations or by calling 1-888-808-7977 (WA & BC) or 206-464-6400 (Seattle) to speak with an Information Agent. Please check the online schedule or pick up a purple schedule, No. 242, at the terminals or on the vessels.

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30.

Fall 2016 Schedule: Fall 2016.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 01:42 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Early Galley Closure on Cathlamet, 9/24
Due to contractor staffing, the galley on the Cathlamet closed at 1:00 pm today. Vending machines are available on board the vessel. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Friday, September 23, 2016 01:35 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.


Friday, September 23, 2016 07:22 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Kitsap Replaces Tillikum
The 124-car Kitsap has replaced the 87 car Tillikum on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route and will sail in vessel position #2. The galley on the Kitsap 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.


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.


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.


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.