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Friday, September 22, 2017 04:52 PM

Sea/BI/Brem - Seattle Terminal: Marion Street Exit Closed - Sept. 23-25
The Marion Street (North) exit will be closed from 9:00 p.m. through the last departures of the evening on Saturday, September 23 and again on Sunday, September 24. Drivers could encounter delays exiting the dock during this time. This closure is needed for the contractor to disassemble the crane and remove it from the job site.

During this time, all exiting traffic must utilize the Yesler (South) exit for egress. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Friday, September 22, 2017 07:02 AM

Sea/BI/Brem: Colman Construction-Loud pile driving week of 9/25 thru early 2018
Customers should expect increased noise and vibrations on Colman Dock as crews work from barges to install large steel support piles on the southern trestle (Bremerton side). Pile driving work will occur Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through mid-February 2018. To reduce impact noise, WSF will vibrate the piles deep into the ground before using an 11-ton hammer to secure the piles into place. This work is part of WSF’s 5-year project to replace the aging and seismically vulnerable parts of Colman Dock. Free earplugs are available inside the terminal building at the Information Booth. Please visit the Colman Dock Project website for more information: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Ferries/ColmanMultimodalTerminal


Friday, September 22, 2017 07:08 AM

Edm/King: Kitsap Color Classic Bicycle Event Sunday, September 24
Please be advised that on Sunday, September 24, the Kitsap Color Classic Bicycle ride will be taking place on the Kitsap Peninsula. The Edmonds/Kingston route will experience heavier than normal bicycle traffic beginning with the 8:50 a.m. departure from Edmonds. Drivers are advised to use caution when in the vicinity of bicyclists.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 06:26 PM

PT/Coup - Reminder - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 24
On Sunday, Sept. 24, ferry travelers can expect delays due to a large number of motorcycles traveling to the Oyster Run in Anacortes. Motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to make an advance reservation. Without reservations, motorcycles will be on standby and loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other waiting vehicle traffic on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route.

Please be advised, the route will be operating with one vessel instead of two while the M/V Salish is out of service for unscheduled repairs. Due to the reduced capacity, WSF also encourages those with reservations to travel on the sailing they reserved and not attempt to travel stand-by for other sailings. If the reservation space is full, alternate routes (Edmonds/Kingston, Mukilteo/Clinton) may be advised when possible.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 06:30 PM

Ana/SJs - Reminder - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 24
The Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally occurs this Sunday, Sept 24 in Anacortes. Travelers can expect large volumes of motorcycles and loading delays throughout the weekend. In Anacortes, Friday Harbor, and Orcas Island, motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to make reservations to ensure space on any desired sailing. From Lopez, ten motorcycles will be loaded on both the 7:15 a.m. and the 10:45 a.m. sailings if in line at least 60 minutes ahead of scheduled sailing time.

Without reservations, motorcycles will be on standby and loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other stand-by vehicle traffic.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 06:10 PM

Edm/King - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 24
On Sunday, Sept. 24, ferry travelers can expect delays due to a large number of motorcycles traveling to the Oyster Run in Anacortes. Motorcyclists will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other vehicle traffic on the ferries departing from Kingston and Edmonds. All motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets online.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 06:23 PM

Muk/Clin - Annual Oyster Run Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 24
On Sunday, Sept. 24, ferry travelers can expect delays due to a large number of motorcycles traveling to and from the Oyster Run in Anacortes.

Motorcycles departing Mukilteo will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other vehicle traffic.

Motorcycles departing Clinton should stage in the local traffic lane and will be loaded as space is available. A minimum of two lanes of motorcycles will receive preferential loading at the beginning of each load.

All motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets online.


Friday, September 22, 2017 10:37 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Update - South Colman Dock Yesler Exit, One Lane 9/25 to 9/28
The Yesler Way exit at the south end of Colman Dock will be reduced to one exit lane, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The second exit lane will be restored by Thursday, Sept. 28. Drivers could see delays exiting the dock during this time. This lane reduction is needed to make room for adjacent State Route 99 Tunnel Project underground utility work.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 01:10 PM

PT/Coup - M/V Kennewick Elevator Out of Service
The elevator on the M/V Kennewick is out of service. Passengers may contact the crew to use the service elevator. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when conditions change.


Thursday, September 21, 2017 06:23 PM

Sea/Brem - Kaleetan Reduced Power – Modified Schedule
The Seattle/Bremerton route will be on a modified schedule starting Saturday, Aug. 26, due to a pending maintenance issue with one of the Kaleetan’s propulsion generators. Without a relief vessel that can fill in for the Kaleetan, WSF will continue operating the boat at a reduced speed to avoid taking it out of service. Because of the slower speed, the crossing takes longer than the normal sailing time. This causes the vessel to fall farther behind schedule as the day progresses.

The modified schedule takes this extra sailing time into account and reflects when the Kaleetan will actually depart. This gives customers more clarity and predictability on when the Kaleetan will sail while running at half power. The modified schedule continues to cancel the following departures:

• 12:20 p.m. from Bremerton
• 1:30 p.m. from Seattle

The Kaleetan is operating in vessel position #1, and the Chimacum is in vessel position #2.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 06:20 PM

PT/Coup - Service Reduction in Effect
The Port Townsend/Coupeville route is reduced to one-boat service until further notice. Due to a lack of available relief vessels throughout WSF, the route will operate on a one-boat schedule with the #1 vessel M/V Kennewick until further notice while M/V Salish remains out of service for rudder repairs. Please view the Online Schedule to identify cancelled sailings. All sailings marked as #2 will be cancelled beginning Monday, September 11. Reservations are currently available for all #1 vessel sailings. Those with reservations on cancelled sailings are encouraged to change their reservations to one these sailings if possible.

Account holders can log into their account to make changes or cancellations and guest customers can enter their last name and confirmation # to make changes or cancellations. Call customer service at 1-888-808-7977 if you have questions or experience difficulties making changes to #1 vessel departures.

If unable to travel, all no show fees or cancellation fees will be waived for those with reservations on cancelled sailings. Reservations for all other sailings will be honored as reserved. Alternate routes are Clinton/Mukilteo and Kingston/Edmonds.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:54 AM

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.


Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:32 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Vehicle Access and Queuing Changes at Colman Dock Now in Place
Starting June 27, the area in front of Colman Dock between Madison St. and Yesler Way will be used as vehicle lanes for tollbooth access and ferry queuing. Drivers may now enter Colman Dock from northbound Alaskan Way under the viaduct or via westbound Madison St. Vanpools, motorcycles and trucks may continue to enter the dock from Yesler Way. For more information, please visit the Project Website. These traffic pattern changes are in preparation of major construction to replace the aging and seismically-vulnerable Seattle ferry terminal. Colman Dock Traffic Access Changes.


Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:31 AM

Sea/BI - Bainbridge Truck Traffic Must Use Marion Street Exit
Due to construction channelization at Colman Dock, trucks longer than 40 feet offloading from Bainbridge must exit the Seattle terminal via Marion Street, Monday-Friday, from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Friday, September 22, 2017 08:29 PM

Sea/Brem - Update - Both elevators temporarily unavailable on Chimacum
Both elevators are currently out of service on M/V Chimacum. Maintenance crews have been dispatched to address the problem. Updates will be provided as conditions change. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:34 AM

Faunt/Va/SW - Reminder - Fauntleroy Tollbooth & Traffic Changes Started 6/19
Starting Monday, June 19, all drivers must stop at the tollbooth to buy or redeem tickets. Drivers will receive a destination card and a receipt, and will no longer have to stop again after the tollbooth to scan tickets. Instead, they must keep their destination cards visible, and will be directed to the appropriate holding lane.

WSF implemented these changes to the Fauntleroy traffic patterns with the aim of improving efficiency at the tollbooth during peak commute time.

While we expect the new process to be more efficient than the current one, customers could still experience extended wait times during the busy summer season when the volume of vehicles waiting to board exceeds capacity. We will closely monitor how things are working for at least 30 days, and will make any necessary improvements or adjustments based on the performance data.

Last, but not least, please follow all instructions from WSF staff and signs, and be patient while employees and other customers learn the new procedures. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

For more information about the new procedure, please visit FVS Improvement. To purchase tickets online, visit Wave2Go.


Tuesday, September 05, 2017 11:39 AM

Sea/BI/Brem - Colman Dock Holding Area Capacity Reduction Starts July 3
Starting Monday morning, July 3, the construction work zone to replace the aging and seismically vulnerable Colman Dock terminal will expand onto the trestle, reducing holding area capacity. Also, between July 3 and July 5, the southern exit lanes at Yesler Way will be realigned to accommodate the new work zone. During this time, exiting traffic may be directed to the northern exit at Marion Street. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For more information, please visit the Project Website.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:54 AM

Muk/Clin - Pick Up and Drop Off at Clinton Must Enter Through Tollbooth
Customers using the ADA/limited mobility pick-up and drop-off area at the Clinton terminal must enter through the tollbooth instead of the transit bus lanes. Entering through the tollbooth helps keep car traffic out of the bus lanes and ensures your safety and security on the dock. Passengers that are able to walk a short distance can save time and avoid lineups at the tollbooth by using the designated drop-off/pick-up area across from the phone booth on Ferry Dock road. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.