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If your holiday weekend travel plans include a ride on our ferries, double check our sailing schedules and plan for long waits if coming aboard in a vehicle. Several routes are still operating on modified schedules dependent on our COVID Response Service Plan. As many take advantage of the great weather forecast over the long holiday weekend, I remind everyone that most counties remain under essential or limited non-essential travel orders under the Safe Start reopening plan. I continue to ask that you ride our ferries only if absolutely necessary.
For anyone not inside a vehicle, a face covering is required on all our ferries. Anyone in a vehicle should put on a mask if they have to exit their vehicle during the sailing.
If you have to catch a ferry right now, I suggest signing up for email alerts, checking terminal conditions, reading our COVID-19 travel updates and making a reservation for our Anacortes/San Juan Islands or Port Townsend/Coupeville routes.
New mask signs going up on ferries, at terminals
We’re working to increase compliance of the state’s facial coverings order aboard our ferries and at our terminals. We are replacing the posted Centers for Disease Control-provided signs with one that specifically states that masks are required at our all our facilities and on our vessels – inside or outside.
|This sign is going up throughout our fleet and facilities. We are also working to get this message to people coming to our terminal tollbooths and making frequent announcements about mask wearing and safe physical distancing.|
Nearly $2 million in fuel savings
We have saved nearly $2 million in fuel over the past two years thanks to the work of our captains and chief engineers! In response to a 2018 executive order from the governor, which challenges Washington State Ferries to implement operational improvements to conserve energy, our crews worked to optimize the speed of our vessels to reduce fuel consumption. Since then, we have saved more than one million gallons of fuel with minimal effects to on-time performance. Thank you to all involved for helping us meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals and save money during our current COVID-19 budget constraints.
Reducing the speed of our on-time vessels by just one knot has resulted in a decrease of 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.