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Saturday, June 25, 2016 02:44 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Overflow vehicle holding pattern at Colman Dock
Because of the SR-99 Tunnel and Elliott Bay Seawall projects, please be advised that on busy travel days this summer—particularly Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings—drivers departing the Seattle ferry terminal may need to use an on-street ferry holding lane when Colman Dock’s holding area reaches capacity. Be prepared to see uniformed police officers stationed at certain intersections to direct traffic.

  • Northbound drivers will be directed to the holding lane, which runs on southbound Alaskan Way.
  • Left turns from northbound Alaskan Way at Yesler Way will be limited to freight, motorcycles and vanpools only.

A map with the holding lane can be found at Colman Dock access.

Travelers should prepare for additional congestion along Alaskan Way and nearby streets as drivers adjust to the new configuration. Drivers headed to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton or dropping off passengers should arrive well ahead of scheduled sailing times or consider traveling during off-peak times.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ferry holding lane, please contact or call the program hotline at 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463). If you have questions about Elliott Bay Seawall Project construction, email or call 206-618-8584.

Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Changes coming to Vashon dock
Beginning Monday, April 25 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.

Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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 Additional space will be made available two weeks prior to the sailings on June 21 and two days prior to sailings on July 3.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 10:18 AM

PD/Tah-Limited height clearance on the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route. 6/26
While the Tillikum is temporarily assigned to the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route, vehicles taller than 13 feet 5 inches may be restricted from traveling on this vessel due to the limited height clearance. Alternate routes are Southworth/Vashon and Fauntleroy/Vashon.

Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.

Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 05:00 PM

Faunt/Va/SW - Paving At Vashon Trestle Starting June 1
Starting June 1 at 7 a.m., crews will begin paving the first 200 feet of the Vashon trestle nearest land. We do not expect delays to vehicle or foot traffic during this phase of construction; however, drivers and pedestrians will be routed around the construction zone while new pavement is being poured or is in the process of curing. Paving activity is weather-dependent and is expected to last through June. WSF apologizes for the inconvenience.

Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.

Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 09:14 PM

Boingo Wi-Fi Service Ending 6/30
WSF regrets to announce that as of June 30, 2016, Boingo Wi-Fi service will no longer be available on Washington State Ferries. Although WSF’s contract with Boingo ended in November of last year, WSF and Boingo arranged to extend service through June while WSF continues to search for viable options to improve connectivity aboard our ferries. Until then, passengers are advised to use mobile data where available. For questions about Boingo Wi-Fi service, please call Boingo at 1-800-880-4117. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, June 09, 2016 05:22 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.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 06:56 PM

Edm/King - Update - Kingston terminal wait time - 1 hour. No WSP boarding pass
Drivers will encounter an estimated 1 hour wait departing the Kingston terminal due to heavy vehicle traffic boarding the vessels. WSP boarding passes are being issued at this time. Updates will occur as conditions change.