Rider updates

Find out how COVID-19 is affecting Washington State Ferries and how we’re restoring service as we recover from the pandemic.

Service restoration update

In March 2022, we released our COVID-19 Service Restoration Plan (PDF 794KB), which outlines steps to restore service to pre-pandemic levels on a route-by-route basis. The goals of this plan are to maintain reliability of service, ensure that service restoration can be maintained, prioritize routes based on ridership needs, and facilitate transparency and customer communications.

View our latest Service Restoration Plan Progress Report (PDF 608KB).

Schedule changes

On Oct. 16, 2021, we temporarily switched to alternate service schedules on most routes to reduce last-minute sailing cancellations caused by crewing challenges as a result of a global shortage of mariners, an aging workforce, COVID-19 cases and quarantines, and the state vaccine mandate.

We are working hard to recruit new employees so we can incrementally restore service on a route-by-route basis. Restoration is complete on our Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Seattle Bainbridge and Mukilteo/Clinton runs. Until all routes can be restored to full seasonal service levels, if crewing allows, additional sailings may be added on a day-by-day basis on other routes still operating reduced service.

Here is a route-by-route breakdown of how sailing schedules are different than pre-pandemic levels:

  • Edmonds/Kingston and Seattle/Bremerton: One-boat service instead of two
  • Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth: Two-boat service instead of three
  • Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Sidney, British Columbia: International service suspended until at least summer 2023

Routes not listed are operating the same seasonal schedules as prior to the pandemic. For the latest service updates, sign up for our rider alerts.

Face masks

Masks are optional for the public inside our vessels and terminal; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.        

Onboard food galleys

Our food vendor has resumed onboard galley service aboard some vessels on the following routes:

Anacortes/San Juan Islands

Vessel #1:

  • 6:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Vessel #3:

  • 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Edmonds/Kingston (one vessel)

Vessel #1:

  • 4:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 7 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday
  • 6:25 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sunday

Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth

Vessel #1:

  • 4:20 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 4:20 a.m. to 6:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Mukilteo/Clinton

Vessel #1:

  • Closed Sunday through Tuesday
  • 9:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
  • 8:10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Port Townsend/Coupeville

Vessel #1:

  • Closed Monday through Wednesday
  • 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday

Seattle/Bainbridge

Vessel #1:

  • 4:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday
  • 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Vessel #1 espresso stand:

  • Closed Monday through Thursday
  • 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
  • 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Seattle/Bremerton

Vessel #2:

  • 6:15 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. daily

Additional openings are reliant on our food vendor being able to hire more staff and sales allowing for expansion. 

We are hiring!

We have a range of positions open across the state - view all current job openings.

Improved access to 98.2 miles of upstream fish habitat

through 15 fish passage projects in 2021.

28% increase in the value of exports and imports 

from $90.2 billion in 2020 to $115.5 billion in 2021.