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Temporary ferry schedule changes at Seattle's Colman Dock begin Jan. 4

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 08:33

Sharon Gavin, communications, 206-515-3913
WSF media hotline, 206-402-8070

Sailings on Bainbridge, Bremerton routes will change for a two-week period


SEATTLE – All ferries between Colman Dock, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton will follow a temporary sailing schedule beginning Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, as construction to replace the seismically vulnerable ferry terminal moves forward.

During the temporary sailing schedule, which will be in effect through Monday, Jan. 20, all Bainbridge Island and Bremerton sailings will operate out of a single slip. Some crossings may take longer than normal to prevent more than one ferry from arriving or departing the slip at the same time. Most departure times will shift between five and 30 minutes, but sailings later in the evening may shift as much as one hour.

Washington State Ferries is working with Kitsap Transit to maintain as many bus connections for ferry customers as possible within the temporary sailing schedule.

Operating from one slip provides more space for WSF’s contractor to efficiently complete critical work on the north side of the dock. This work includes removing the remainder of the old terminal, removing the old wooden piles and driving in new steel piles that will support the deck for the new passenger terminal.

“We know that schedule changes have an effect on our customers’ daily lives, and we do not make these decisions lightly,” said WSF Terminal Engineering Director David Sowers. “Operating from one slip for this period provides more space for the contractor to efficiently finish critical work on the north side of the dock, and we thank everyone in advance for their understanding and patience.”

Tips to prepare for Jan. 4 - 20 schedule changes for Bainbridge Island and Bremerton routes:

  • Check the schedule: All normal departure times will be altered during this time, beginning with the first sailing on Saturday, Jan. 4. Check the temporary sailing schedule, listed on each individual route, in advance. Use the Fall 2019 schedule for Saturday, Jan. 4, and then the Winter 2020 schedule for the rest of the period.
  • Plan ahead: The sailing schedule changes may result in heavier traffic at ferry terminals throughout the day, so allow extra time to arrive.
  • Know before you go: Check Vessel Watch, subscribe to route alerts, and download the WSDOT app to get real-time status of your ferry’s location on the route.
  • Add extra travel time: Crossing times could be longer for certain sailings as both routes share the single slip.
  • Consider alternative work schedules: Customers may want to look into teleworking during this period or, if transit connections are an issue, looking at different Rideshare opportunities.


Colman Dock is Washington state’s largest ferry terminal and supports transportation across Puget Sound between downtown Seattle and communities in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. In 2018, more than 10 million people used the state’s flagship terminal, which is aging and vulnerable to earthquake damage. Construction to replace the terminal began in August 2017 and will continue until 2023.

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries nearly 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter and Facebook.

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