An Earful on Orcas: Ferries’ Staff Comes to Orcas "Give 30-minute rule some time to work"

Ferry meet Lynn Griffin feature

— by Margie Doyle — In a county-style marathon last week,  top officials of the Washington State Ferry (WSF) system visited the four ferry-served islands over three days to hear from the communities. On Aug. 9, Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith met with a roomful of ferry-riders at … Continue reading

Inslee Announces Appointment of Roger Millar as DOT Secretary


— from Tara Lee — OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Roger Millar as secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, effective immediately. Millar, who had been serving as deputy secretary for the past year, was appointed acting secretary in February. Millar oversees an agency … Continue reading

Doe Bay Fest Will Bring Extra Traffic, Extra Ferry This Weekend Limited drive-up spaces available

— from Washington State Ferries — The annual Doe Bay Fest on Orcas Island will bring extra traffic to the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route Thursday, 8/4 through Sunday, 8/7. To help accommodate additional traffic, there will be an extra 8:50 p.m. sailing from Anacortes to Orcas Island on 8/4 and … Continue reading

Ferries’ Chief to Meet with San Juan County Residents Meetings held Aug. 9–11; public invited to attend, share feedback

Tuesday, August 9, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Washington State Ferries — Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith will travel to the San Juan Islands for three days beginning Tuesday, August 9, to meet with local officials and the public. At a series of four community … Continue reading

Help the Ferries Improve the Reservation System Survey asks specific route questions

— from Anne Haley, Chairman, Washington State Transportation Commission — The Washington State Transportation Commission is asking members of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) both users and non-users to provide their views/opinions on the WSF reservation system. The results of this survey will be delivered to WSF leadership and … Continue reading

Would You Take an Earlier Ferry to America?

— from Cathy Ellis — “How many ferry commuters are interested in an earlier scheduled departure from Orcas to Anacortes?” If a solution can be found to adjust schedules for an earlier departure from Orcas to Anacortes, would you use it? Please respond on-line, below, as a “comment.” As it … Continue reading

Flotsam & Jetsam: Experienced Ferry Commuters See It All

— a semi-regular humor column by Maurice Austin — Among the joys afforded San Juan Islands ferry commuters in the dark months of July and August, those occurring among the Anacortes ferry terminal’s multiples holding lanes provide entertainment on par with island roads themselves. That guy with the absurdly large … Continue reading

Extra Ferry Runs for Extra Busy Weekend

— from Washington State Ferries — The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic heading westbound from Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2, and eastbound July 5-6. The San Juan Islands routes will operate … Continue reading

Eastbound from Orcas? No Reservations Left for Sunday

— from Washington State Ferries — For Sunday, June 12, vehicle reservations for all sailings from Orcas to Anacortes are fully reserved. Reservations from Friday Harbor to Anacortes are available for most departures. Reserve up to two hours prior to sailing, online at or by calling 5 1 1 … Continue reading

Here They Come: Busy Ferry Weekend Ahead

— from Washington State Ferries — WSF expects a record number of ferry travelers this weekend, so please plan ahead if you are visiting the San Juan Islands. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for tall vehicles over 7’2″.  To make reservations or check schedules, visit:  or call 206-464-6400. When … Continue reading