Annual Ferry Ridership Swells by 250,000 to 15-year High Nearly 24.5 million customers sailed on state vessels in 2017

— from Washington State Ferries — A surge in boardings in 2017 pushed Washington State Ferries to its highest ridership since 2002. Last year, the nation’s largest ferry system carried nearly 24.5 million people, enough to fill CenturyLink Field every day of the year. Ridership grew by more than 250,000 over 2016, … Continue reading

Ferry Service Anticipates Bad Weather Service Disruptions ALERT: Sunday morning ferry cancelled; service resumes on 12:40 p.m. vessel

— from Washington State Ferries — UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Sunday The repairs have been completed and the Elwha will return to service with the 12:40 p.m. departure from Anacortes to Lopez and Orcas. The next departure from Orcas is 2:10 p.m. Reservation holders will be given priority loading. We apologize … Continue reading

State Christens Newest Ferry Suquamish Sea Trials to begin for deployment this fall

— from Ian Sterling, WSF Communications — A sparkling white and green Washington state ferry is the center of attention at Vigor’s Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle today as the Washington State Department of Transportation christened Suquamish, the fleet’s fourth Olympic Class vessel. In a traditional maritime ceremony, Amy Scarton … Continue reading

WSF Issues Severe Wind Warning Expect delays on Anacortes/San Juan route

— from Washington State Ferries — The National Weather Service is predicting severe winds in our region this evening, December 29. This storm system is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Western Washington. Safety is the number one priority of Washington State Ferries, so in the event … Continue reading

Yakima Running on Reduced Capacity and No Galley Today

— from Washington State Ferries — Due to a shortage of Coast Guard documented crew, the M/V Yakima will be reduced to a 300 passenger capacity and the galley will be closed for the rest of the day. Affected sailings can be viewed at the online schedule: The Yakima … Continue reading

WSF Announces Holiday Schedule

— from Washington State Ferries — Happy holidays from Washington State Ferries! The Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes will operate on a weekend holiday schedule on Monday, December 25 and January 1. Please note that the eastbound 2:20 p.m. inter-island vessel departing Friday Harbor and the westbound inter-island vessel departing Lopez … Continue reading

WSF Says Plan Ahead for Weekend Traffic

— from Washington State Ferries — Please plan ahead for heavy ferry traffic Thanksgiving weekend. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 22, and both westbound and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 24 and eastbound on Sunday, November 26. The route will operate on its regular schedule on Thursday, Nov. 23. Reservations are strongly advised and … Continue reading

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