Travel Alert Bulletins

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Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Muk/Clin - Update - Mukilteo Terminal Wait Time - Two Hour
Drivers will encounter an estimated two hour wait departing the Mukilteo terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Ed/Ki - Wait Time - Edmonds Terminal - 90 Minutes
Drivers will encounter an estimated 90 minute wait departing the Edmonds terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Fa/Va/Sw - Wait Time - Fauntleroy Terminal - 1 Hour
Drivers will encounter an estimated 1 hour wait departing the Fauntleroy terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessel. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Ana/SJs - 5/27 Westbound Reservation Status- Full
For Friday, May 27, vehicle reservations from Anacortes to: Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, and Friday Harbor are full for the remainder of the day.* If you have a reservation, it is recommended that you keep your reserved time and do not try to travel earlier or later as a standby. Limited drive-up space will be loaded on a first come, first served basis. Walk-on space is available for all departures.

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


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

PT/Coup - Plan For Busy Travel Weekend
WSF expects a record number of ferry travelers this weekend, so please plan ahead if you are traveling between Port Townsend and Coupeville via ferry. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for tall vehicles over 7'2". To make reservations or check schedules, visit Take A Ferry or call 206-464-6400. When traveling with a reservation, you must arrive at the terminal more than 30 minutes in advance of your sailing time. We do not recommend traveling stand-by for an earlier sailing, because you will forfeit your later-reserved space and risk missing both the earlier departure and your original reserved departure. Travel on your reserved sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we prepare for a busy holiday weekend. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Ana/SJI: Plan For Busy Travel Weekend
WSF expects a record number of ferry travelers this weekend, so please plan ahead if you are visiting the San Juan Islands. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for tall vehicles over 7'2". To make reservations or check schedules, visit Take A Ferry or call 206-464-6400. When traveling with a reservation, you must check in at the terminal tollbooth 30 minutes prior to your reservation time, so WSF recommends that you arrive at the terminal 45-60 minutes in advance of your sailing time to ensure that you reach the booth with 30 minutes to spare. We do not recommend traveling stand-by for an earlier sailing, because you will forfeit your later-reserved space and risk missing both the earlier departure and your original reserved departure. Travel on your reserved sailing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we prepare for a busy holiday weekend. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Fa/Va/Sw - Fauntleroy PROCEDURE CHANGE On 5/31
WSF has heard its customers on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route loud and clear, and starting Tuesday, May 31, we will no longer be distributing paper boarding passes at Fauntleroy and then collecting them. Instead, we will be distributing color-coded pieces of paper for drivers to put on their dashboards that indicate their destination. Please keep these pieces of paper in your vehicles and reuse them during the daily commute; do not discard them.

We are painfully aware of the challenges and frustrations you face as commuters on this ferry route. We read your emails, talk to you on the phone, listen to our crews, and a large number of us are ferry commuters as well. Please know that every new process we undertake, every construction project, and every boat repair is done with the intention of improving services to our customers—it is never to make life more difficult for you. We are doing all we can within the limits of our resources, and improvements ARE on the way. Until then, we are very sorry for the continued delays, and we appreciate you extending as much patience and understanding as possible.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Plan for reduced capacity through mid-June
Customers are advised to prepare for longer than usual wait times due to a temporary vessel downsizing on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route. Beginning Monday, May 9 through mid-June, the route will be served by the 87-car Tillikum, the 124-car Cathlamet and the 90-car Sealth.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Muk/Clin - Plan for reduced capacity May 16-June 11
Starting Monday, May 16, and continuing through Sunday, June 11, plan for 24 fewer vehicle spaces on approximately half of all sailings on the Mukilteo/Clinton route. The temporary downsizing is needed while the 144-car Tokitae normally assigned to the route is out of service for scheduled warranty work.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Changes coming to Vashon dock
From Monday, April 25 through Tuesday, May 31, one of the two slips at the Vashon Terminal will be closed on Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Service may be delayed during these times when more than one ferry needs to use the available slip. To help speed up offloading, an additional ferry offloading lane will be in place for the remainder of construction.

This slip closure is part of the last phase of seismic retrofit work on the Vashon Terminal Trestle project. Please visit the project page for more information at Vashon Trestle Project.

Thank you for your patience as we upgrade our facilities and improve our service to you.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

PT/Coup - Corrected Port Townsend/Coupeville late spring sailing schedule
Please be advised that the print version of the Late Spring sailing schedule for the Port Townsend/Coupeville route contains several errors. A corrected version of this schedule is now available online and in print at both terminals and on all Port Townsend/Coupeville vessels. The updated sailing schedule corrects the misprinted Port Townsend/Coupeville departure times found in the original printed version of the 2016 WSF spring schedule. The spring sailing schedules are correct for all other routes in the system. We apologize for the inconvenience. View the correct late spring Port Townsend/Coupeville sailing schedule here.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Ana/SJs - Additional Service on July 5
To accommodate travelers on the busy Fourth of July weekend, WSF has added several extra sailings to its schedule on Tuesday, July 5:

6:45 p.m. Anacortes to Lopez Island
7:35 p.m. Lopez Island to Anacortes
10:10 p.m. Friday Harbor to Anacortes
10:30 p.m. Orcas Island to Anacortes

Space on these sailings (with the exception of the Lopez to Anacortes sailing) is now reservable at www.takeaferry.com. Additional space will be made available two weeks prior to the sailings on June 21 and two days prior to sailings on July 3.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:56 PM

PD/Tah - Chetzemoka Is Back On Schedule
The Point Defiance/Tahlequah route is back on schedule.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:45 PM

Muk/Clin - Low tides may affect travel for low clearance trucks June 4-8
Please be advised that between June 4 through 8, low tides may affect travel for low-clearance trucks, trailers, and other tow vehicles on the Mukilteo/Clinton route. This is because the tides affect the angle of the bridge that allows vehicles to drive onto the ferry. These vehicle types with less than 14 inches of clearance from the ground to the undercarriage of the vehicle, may be delayed depending on the tides during this time period and will have to wait until the tide comes in to depart the terminal. WSF apologizes for the inconvenience.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Faunt/Va/SW – Vashon Medical and ADA PU and Drop-Off use 103rd Ave SW
Medical priority and ADA customers who need to be dropped-off or picked-up closer to the ferry may do so by checking in with the flagger at the intersection of 103rd Ave. SW and the terminal entrance. Please check the schedule and plan to arrive while a vessel is not loading or unloading. You can see real-time locations of our ferries on Vessel Watch. Vanpools also may bypass ferry lines by taking 103rd Ave. SW and checking in with the flagger. During construction, 103rd Ave. SW will remain a one-way street between SW 112th St. and the terminal entrance. The right lane will be used to stage Southworth vehicles. The left lane will remain open to through traffic. Learn more about the Vashon Trestle Replacement Project.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Construction at Vashon Terminal - Update
Due to ongoing construction, one-way traffic on 103rd Ave. SW starts at SW 110th St. instead of SW 112th St. This means drivers will be able to turn right or left onto 103rd at SW 110th. North of SW 110th, bicycles and motorcycles heading to Fauntleroy or Southworth should continue to use the left lane on 103rd St; Southworth-bound vehicle traffic continues to stage in the right lane. View a Map of the area.

Motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians will be able to wait for ferries at the terminal building. Motorcycles heading to Southworth or Fauntleroy may access the dock from 103rd Ave. SW. Flaggers stationed at the terminal entrance will direct traffic and assist ADA customers with drop-off and pick-up.

Learn more about the Vashon Trestle Replacement Project.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Seattle Public Utilities Working on Pump Station
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is performing improvements to the existing pump station facility located along the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Work will begin March 21 and take about four months. Anticipated work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, with one ferry traffic lane closed between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The parking lot near the entrance of the terminal will be closed during construction for staging. For more information, call SPU Project Manager Grace Manzano at (206) 233-1534.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

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.


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 PM

ALL ROUTES: Reminder--Fare increases and Peak Season Surcharge take effect May 1
Please be advised of several changes to the fares on Washington State Ferries that will take effect on May 1, 2016:

A passenger fare increase of 1% and a vehicle/driver fare of 2.5% will go into effect on all domestic sailings. May 1 also marks the date that the Peak Season surcharge goes into effect for non-commuter vehicles and drivers; multi-ride products will not be affected by the Peak Season surcharge. Peak Season begins Sunday, May 1 and goes through Friday, September 30.

Also on May 1, the definition of over-height vehicles will change from 7'6" to 7'2". Vehicles between 22-30 feet long that are over 7'2" tall will be charged the over-height fare. The purpose of this change is to align the height threshold with the actual overhead clearance on the side vehicle decks of most ferries.

WSF fares are set by the Washington State Transportation Commission. For more information, visit Transportation Commission


Friday, May 27, 2016 02:38 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.