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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:35 AM

PD/Tah – Temporary Detours to Point Defiance Terminal
Temporary detours have been put into place by local authorities on some access roads to the Point Defiance tollbooth. Please follow signs and allow extra time getting to the terminal. Updates will occur as conditions change.


Monday, June 29, 2015 09:27 PM

Ana/SJs - Supplemental Service For July 4 Holiday Weekend
In anticipation of heavier than normal traffic for the July 4th holiday weekend, Washington State Ferries has added the following extra trips to serve the San Juan Islands:

  • Wednesday, 7/1
  • Departing Anacortes at 6:45pm to Lopez and Orcas Islands*
  • Departing Anacortes at 8:45pm to Lopez Island and Friday Harbor*
    • Thursday, 7/2
  • Departing Anacortes at 8:45p to Orcas and Friday Harbor*
    • Friday, 7/3
  • Departing Anacortes at 8:45pm to Orcas and Friday Harbor*
    • Sunday, 7/5
  • Departing Orcas Island at 10:30pm to Anacortes*
  • Departing Lopez Island at 11:00pm to Anacortes

    *Reservations for sixty percent of vehicle space on these sailings will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 26. Remaining reservations will be released two days before each sailing date. Reservations are recommended for the San Juan Islands and Sidney, B.C. routes. Vehicles without reservations are loaded on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. You can reserve online at: Reserve Online or by calling 511.


    Monday, June 29, 2015 09:27 PM

    PT/Coup - 6/30 Tidal Cancellations
    Low tides will cancel one or more sailings from Port Townsend and Coupeville in June. Please see the Tide Cancellations table for a complete list of affected dates and departures.

    On Tuesday, June 30, the 6:30 am and 8:00 am sailings from Port Townsend and the 7:15 am and 8:45 am sailings from Coupeville are cancelled due to tidal conditions.


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 06:57 AM

    Muk/Clin - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. The Mukilteo/Clinton route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4.


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 06:59 AM

    Ed/Ki - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. The Edmonds/Kingston route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4.

    On Saturday, July 4, Kingston’s annual Fourth of July Parade may delay sailings from both Kingston and Edmonds from approximately noon to 2:00 p.m.


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 07:00 AM

    Sea/BI - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Seattle/Bainbridge Island route will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday, July 4.

    Due to Seattle waterfront construction, drivers will be directed to an on-street ferry holding lane when the holding lanes on Colman Dock are full. Get more information: Ferry Traffic Info


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 07:04 AM

    Sea/Brem - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Seattle/Bremerton route will operate on the regular summer schedule on Saturday, July 4.

    Due to Seattle waterfront construction, drivers will be directed to an on-street ferry holding lane when the holding lanes on Colman Dock are full. Get more information: Ferry Traffic Info


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 07:04 AM

    PT/Coup - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. The Port Townsend/Coupeville route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4. We strongly encourage customers to make: Reservations or by calling 5-1-1.


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 07:05 AM

    Faunt/Va/SW - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will operate on a weekend schedule on Saturday, July 4. On Saturday, July 4, there will be one extra sailing from Vashon to Fauntleroy at 11:25 p.m.


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 07:06 AM

    Ana/SJI's/Sidney BC - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at all terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5. The San Juan Islands routes will operate on their regular summer sailing schedules on Saturday, July 4. Reservations are recommended for the San Juan Islands and Sidney, B.C. routes.

    Reservations for the final thirty percent of vehicle space will be available starting at 7 a.m. two days before each sailing date. Customers without reservations are encouraged to try traveling stand-by. Stand-by vehicles are loaded on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. You can Reserve Online or by calling 511.


    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 07:07 AM

    PtD/Tah - July 4 Weekend Travel
    The Fourth of July weekend is one of Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekends of the year. Please plan ahead for heavy traffic at the terminals Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

    The Point Defiance/Tahlequah route will operate on its regular summer sailing schedule on Saturday, July 4.


    Monday, June 29, 2015 09:27 PM

    Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Vashon Terminal Operational Changes
    Construction begins in late-July to bring the entire Vashon Ferry Dock up to current seismic standards. WSF will work to minimize impacts to customers. Starting Sunday, June 14, operational changes will occur for Southworth-bound oversized vehicles traveling from Fauntleroy and Vashon:

    *From Vashon to Southworth, vehicles more than 38 feet long will be limited to six designated sailings per day.

    *From Fauntleroy to Southworth, vehicles more than 7 feet tall or more than 22 feet long will be able to travel on all but six designated sailings per day.

    Please view the online or printed schedules for impacted sailings: Southworth/Vashon and Fauntleroy/Southworth.


    Monday, June 29, 2015 09:27 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.


    Monday, June 29, 2015 09:27 PM

    Sea/Brem/BI - Colman Dock – Exterior Pedestrian Stairways Closed
    Ongoing Seawall Project construction adjacent to Colman Dock will temporarily close the north and south exterior stairways to the terminal building through fall 2015. Pedestrian access will be maintained via outside elevator, the Marion Street pedestrian bridge and a street-level crossing leading to the indoor terminal ramps. Map.


    Monday, June 29, 2015 09:27 PM

    Expanded Ferry Travel Alert Descriptions
    WSF will update our travel alert language used to describe and clarify a variety of operational activities that may delay or cancel service. The updated language is intended to better explain the cause of service disruptions and provide basic factual information to help customers plan their travel. WSF will no longer use the term "operational constraints."


    Monday, June 29, 2015 09:27 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.