Update on Reservations System Breakdown

— from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division — On Tuesday, our ferry reservations system experienced technical difficulties. As of now, we are unable to accept reservations for summer travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. routes until further notice. Our IT staff is trying to … Continue reading

Oops! WSF Summer Reservations Not Available Right Now

– from Broch Bender, WSF – SEATTLE – Washington State Ferries experienced technical difficulties on Tuesday, April 14 with its vehicle reservations system. As of 2:30 p.m. additional vehicle reservations for summer travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. routes are not available online or by … Continue reading

Summer Ferries Reservations Start Tomorrow

 — from Lance Evans, Director, Orcas Chamber of Commerce – EDITORS UPDATE: At 9:31 a.m. according to Orcas Issues reader Janet Brownell, the internet system appears to have crashed; the phone. Calling reservation system’s phone number 1-888-808-7977 results in a message saying the system is “experiencing technical” problems. Holding to … Continue reading

Welcome Aboard, Samish! New Olympic Class Ferry Joins WSF Fleet

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New vessel begins service mid-June; public invited to christening May 20 in Anacortes  — from Washington State Ferries – The brand new, 144-car Samish is set to officially take its place amid Washington state’s world-class ferry system. On Friday, April 10, Washington State Ferries accepted the Samish from builder/contractor Vigor Industrial. … Continue reading

Ferry Changes: New Schedule, New Rates, New Ferry

 — from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division – Plan ahead for the new spring sailing schedule and upcoming fare changes. The spring sailing schedule begins on Sunday, March 22, and annual peak-season fare surcharges go into effect May 1. The spring schedule includes the following changes: Opening of the … Continue reading

Ferry Reservations: Working out the Wrinkles

“We’re here to listen to you”  — by Margie Doyle – Washington State Ferry (WSF) representatives heard islanders’ complaints about the ferry reservation system, now two months old, at a well-attended meeting at the Orcas Senior Center last week. WSF representatives Brian Churchwell and Dwight Hutchinson met with County Councilman … Continue reading

Yakima: Late

– from Washington State Ferries – Due to operational constraints the Yakima is running 25 minutes late. This will affect the 3:05pm sailing from Anacortes to Lopez, Shaw and Orcas Island. This will also affect the 4:50pm sailing to Orcas and the 4:15pm sailing to Shaw sailings back to Anacortes. … Continue reading