Park and Ride with Rural Character Eases Ferry Commutes "A proud achievement for a lot of people"

— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Village Park and Ride project was formally opened on Tuesday, Oct. 31 with islanders, elected officials, county staff and State Ferries directors on hand. It was a snapshot of what islanders have done and can do when faced with a problem — congested … Continue reading

Park and Ride Nears Completion

— from San Juan County Communications — Our contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has reached substantial completion. San Juan County crews placed two layers of chipseal on Orcas Hill Road and throughout the Orcas Village Park and Ride to finish the 2017 paving efforts. Topsoil, mulch and permanent erosion control are … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Schedule on Phone Application Incorrect Website has correct schedule

— from Washington State Ferries (WSDOT/Ferries– The WSDOT phone app is currently posting an incorrect sailing schedule. Please see the current/correct sailing schedule at: This alert was sent on 10/1/2017 at 8:59AM to subscribers of the following routes: Anacortes / Sidney B.C. (Victoria) Anacortes / San Juan Islands Port … Continue reading

Fall Sailing Schedule Takes Effect October 1

— from Washington State Ferries — Starting Sunday, October 1, the fall sailing schedule goes into effect. Drivers and passengers should note the San Juan Islands will be served by four vessels with one daily round-trip to Sidney, BC via Friday Harbor. Drivers can make reservations online at or by calling 1-888-808-7977 (WA & BC) … Continue reading

Ferry Seasonal Surcharge Ends Saturday; General Fare Increases Sunday UPDATED story

— from Washington State Ferries — Please be advised of several changes to the fares on Washington State Ferries (WSF): The last day of the summer peak season surcharge for single vehicle fares is Saturday, September 30. On Sunday, October 1, single vehicle fares will return to their non-peak rates. Passenger fares … Continue reading

Ranker: Summer Ferry Breakdowns Had Dramatic Impact on Local Communities

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Today the Washington State Transportation Commission held a meeting to discuss summer ferry service disruptions and other transportation issues throughout the San Juan Islands. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, who met with the Washington State Secretary of Transportation and officials from Washington State … Continue reading

Sigh… Elwha Out | Updated: Back in Service

— from Washington State Ferries — Sunday, September 3, 9:20 a.m. Necessary repairs to the Elwha have been completed and the vessel [returned] to service with the 9:35 a.m. departure from Anacortes. This will restore full, 5-boat service to the route and all sailings will sail as scheduled. Please see … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Free to Be Regulated

— by Joe Symons — As I sit waiting for my ferry, I notice the white lines marking the lanes. Why were they painted? Surely to help guide the traffic, to provide an orderly means to establish the first come, first serve rule which silently regulates the cultural understanding of … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Elwha Repaired, All Better Now Interisland still delayed while playing catch-up

— from Washington State Ferries — UPDATE: 5:30 p.m., August 16, 2017 Repairs are completed and the Elwha returns to service with the Anacortes 4:45 p.m. sailing to Friday Harbor. This restores the regular schedule to the Anacortes/San Juan Island routes. Reservations are now available for the remainder of the day. The Friday Harbor 5:30 p.m. interisland sailing … Continue reading

Yakima Returns to Duty Resuming regular summer schedule Wednesday morning

— from Washington State Ferries — The Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Anacortes/Sidney ferry routes will resume their regular Summer 2017 schedule Wednesday morning with the Yakima rejoining the route. The Yakima’s return means the route can return to its regular five-boat schedule. Passengers can resume making vehicle reservations for the … Continue reading