Weekly update

Each week, WSDOT Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton, the head of Washington State Ferries, emails an update to staff, colleagues and stakeholders. 

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Here is the latest edition of the WSF Weekly Update:

Dec. 3, 2020

Thanksgiving weekend ridership down 50% from 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m thankful to all who followed statewide restrictions to limit travel over Thanksgiving weekend. We had just under 175,000 riders from Wednesday through Sunday. That’s roughly half of the 340,000 people we carried during the same time frame last year. We had the biggest year-to-year drop on Thanksgiving Day, going from 77,000 customers in 2019 to 27,000 this year. Wednesday was our busiest day with 41,000 riders, which is much less than our pandemic daily high of more than 64,000 on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5.

Photo of terminal employee wearing a mask as they work at Fauntleroy terminal
Thank you to all my colleagues who worked over Thanksgiving weekend to maintain our vital transportation service during this pandemic.

As a reminder, some routes are still operating on modified schedules dependent on our COVID Response Service Plan. If you must catch a ferry right now, I suggest signing up for our email alerts, checking terminal conditions and reading our COVID-19 travel updates (pdf 166 kb). Please wear a mask when approaching a toll booth or anytime outside of your vehicle as one is required aboard our vessels and throughout our terminals in compliance with the state’s health order (pdf 315 kb) to help keep people safe.

Changes coming to Alaskan Way fronting Colman Dock

Get ready for some traffic changes in front our Seattle terminal! As early as Friday, Dec. 11, traffic on Alaskan Way between South King and Columbia streets will shift east onto a newly built roadway where the viaduct once stood. This will allow construction associated with the Waterfront Seattle program to shift west to where the existing waterfront road is. There will be no change in the way vehicles enter and exit Colman Dock. 

Map of traffic changes to Alaskan Way in front of Colman Dock
Access in and out of Colman Dock will remain unchanged when traffic on Alaskan Way in front of our Seattle terminal soon shifts onto a new road where the viaduct once stood.

No Mukilteo/Clinton service most of Dec. 29

People who use our Mukilteo/Clinton route will need to make alternate plans for much of the day Tuesday, Dec. 29. After the final sailings Monday, Dec. 28 (11:45 p.m. out of Clinton and 12:15 a.m. Mukilteo departure), crews will start the hours-long process of moving key marine structures from our existing Mukilteo terminal to our new multimodal facility one-third of a mile away.

Photo of new Mukilteo terminal building with old terminal and a ferry in the background
Mukilteo/Clinton route service will be suspended Tuesday, Dec. 29, to prepare for the opening of our new Mukilteo terminal.

Vehicle transfer span at new Mukilteo terminal goes in

A key piece of our new Mukilteo terminal construction puzzle is now in place! Crews brought in the new facility’s vehicle transfer span last month, then carefully lowered and secured it into place. A vehicle transfer span is the bridge that connects land to ferry. It’s a major milestone in opening our first new terminal in 40 years!

Photo of vehicle transfer span being lowered into place at new Mukilteo terminal
A vehicle transfer span was lowered into place and connected to our new Mukilteo terminal last month.

Nicole McIntosh
Chief of Staff, WSDOT/Ferries Division