Ferries Now Operating on Four-boat Emergency Schedule No new vehicle reservations being taken at this time

— from Washington State Ferries — [Ed. Note: See earlier stories on recent ferry delays] Because of a generator failure on the M/V Yakima, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, BC route is operating on a four-boat emergency schedule until another vessel can join the route and restore it to a full … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Yakima Down: Revised Sailing Schedules on Islands’ Routes Schedule for Tuesday July 18 with correction posted

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: July 17 at 8 p.m. The Yakima is out of service until further notice due to a problem with the vessel’s generator. The Anacortes/San Juan’s route will be operating on an adjusted schedule on July 18. There are no new reservations at … Continue reading

County and WSF Show Off New Orcas Landing Lots of work still to do on Park and Ride and Landing improvements

— by Margie Doyle — State Transportation/Ferries officials joined County executives and staff to celebrate the revamped Orcas ferry landing on Tuesday, July 11. Lots of changes have been made, and there are lots more to come. They also toured ongoing work on the future Park and Ride lot up … Continue reading

Washington State Ferries Proposes Fare Increase Details outlined in public meeting

— by Sam Gailey — The Washington State Transportation Commission and Washington State Ferries met Monday, July 11, in Friday Harbor for its second of four public comments meetings regarding the ferry fare increase proposal. The Washington State Transportation Commission’s proposal is largely based upon input from Washington State Ferries … Continue reading

Public Meeting on Ferry Fare Increases Coming Up

Monday, July 10, 6 – 8 p.m., Legislative Hearing Room, Friday Harbor — from Washington Transportation Commission — The Washington State Transportation Commission is beginning a series of four public meetings in local communities, starting tonight on Bainbridge Island. They are seeking comments on a proposal that increases fares for … Continue reading

Ferries Updates Walk-on Loading Procedure Effective at terminals with overhead walkways

— from Washington State Ferries — In an effort to promote consistent boarding procedures and to align the timing of passenger and vehicle/bicycle loads, WSF updated procedures at those terminals where walk-on passengers board via overhead walkways.  The intent of the change is to synchronize the raising of the overhead … Continue reading

Summer Sailing Schedule Starts Sunday

— from Washington State Ferries — Please be advised that WSF’s Summer Sailing Schedule goes into effect on Sunday, June 25. Schedule highlights include increased service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, two trips to Sidney, B.C., and increased service between Mukilteo and Clinton. Know before you go—check out … Continue reading

Ferries Propose Price Increase Four public meetings planned

— from Reema Griffith, Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) Executive Director — Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its … Continue reading

Roadway Excavation and Rock Breaking Underway at Orcas Park & Ride

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz for San Juan County Public Works — Rock breaking is scheduled to continue on site next week with the large hydraulic hammer. Our contractor will continue roadway excavation bringing the surface closer to subgrade. Material produced during rock breaking activities will stay on site to build the roadway … Continue reading

Orcas Village Park and Ride Project is Underway

— from San Juan County Public Works — This week marks the beginning of construction activities for the Orcas Village Park Project. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill Road. Estimated completion is 83 working … Continue reading

Elwha Returns for 8:25 p.m. Departure

— from Washington State Ferries — UPDATE: The repairs to the M/V Elwha have been completed and the vessel will return to service with the 8:25 p.m. departure. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will occur when more information is available. UPDATE: The Anacortes terminal is now staging for the 8:55 p.m. … Continue reading

How Did Ferries Perform in 2016? Survey Results Released

— from Jerry Litt, Chairman, State Transportation Commission — The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released the results of several completed 2016 Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) surveys. We would like to share the results of these surveys with you so you can see how riders like you view … Continue reading

State’s Oldest Ferry, Our Evergreen State, Sold Moving to the Caribbean

— from Washington State Ferries — Washington State Ferries announced [Wednesday, March 1, 2017] the sale of its oldest ferry, Evergreen State. The 63-year-old ferry sold for $300,000 to Jones Broadcasting, LLC. The new owners plan to use it for active ferry service in the protected waters of the southern … Continue reading

Ferry Update: Friday sailings served by the Kitsap Chelan Out for Engine Repairs

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF)– UPDATE: 9 pm: On Friday, February 24, the Kitsap temporarily joins the [Anacortes-San Juans] route as the #2 vessel while the Chelan undergoes engine repairs. Vessel capacity remains the same and full galley service will be available. UPDATE 9 am: The 11:20am sailing from … Continue reading

Yakima Back in Service this Afternoon Sailings Canceled as Yakima is Fixed

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.: The Yakima is back in service and will return to the vessel’s regular schedule beginning with the 3:05pm departure from Anacortes. Reservation holders will not be charged a fee if they were unable to travel today … Continue reading

County Gears Up for Orcas Landing Park and Ride Project Phase 1 begins in March

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County received a $760,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to construct a Park and Ride facility at the Orcas Island Ferry Terminal on Orcas Island. The primary purpose of the project is to relocate the ferry parking … Continue reading