Topic: Ferries

Larger Yakima Added to San Juan Ferries Route, but Vessel, Crew Shortage Shortens Schedules

Written on June 12, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Pat­ty Rub­stel­lo, Assis­tant Sec­re­tary, Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Fer­ries Divi­sion The 144-vehi­­cle capac­i­ty Yaki­ma replaced the 124-vehi­­cle capac­i­ty Cath­lamet on the Ana­cortes and San Juan Islands route Fri­day, June 11. Sys­temwide, we’re work­ing to build back ser­vice to pre-pan­dem­ic lev­els. How­ev­er, this will con­tin­ue to be a grad­ual process as we deal with a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Tell Washington State Transportation Commission what Ferry Fares Should be by June 10

Written on June 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

WSF Ever­green State enters Fri­day Har­bor — SJ Update pho­to From the Wash­ing­ton State Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion  The Wash­ing­ton State Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion is required to adjust fer­ry fares every two years and is seek­ing input from the pub­lic on fare increase alter­na­tives. Vis­it for more infor­ma­tion about the alter­na­tives being pro­posed and to leave your  Con­tin­ue Reading

Expect Increased Washington State Ferries Traffic this Memorial Day Weekend

Written on May 30, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries Cus­tomers tak­ing a fer­ry as part of their Memo­r­i­al Day trav­el plans should be pre­pared for a busy hol­i­day week­end. Along with the increased traf­fic, most routes will be oper­at­ing on dif­fer­ent sched­ules than years past due to ser­vice reduc­tions relat­ed to the pan­dem­ic and crew­ing and ves­sel short­ages. Pas­sen­gers are  Con­tin­ue Reading

Join Washington State Ferries Online Meetings Tuesday, Wednesday

Written on May 23, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries The next Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries spring 2021 online com­mu­ni­ty webi­na­rs will be held Tues­day and Wednes­day.  Join mem­bers of the fer­ries exec­u­tive team for an oppor­tu­ni­ty to ask ques­tions and sub­mit com­ments at one of next week’s vir­tu­al pub­lic meet­ings. To par­tic­i­pate, reg­is­ter online in advance for either 11 a.m. Tues­day,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Summer Ferries Schedule Released Today after Delay from Wenatchee Fire

Written on May 9, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Pat­ty Rub­stel­lo, assis­tant sec­re­tary, Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Fer­ries Divi­sion When we unex­pect­ed­ly lose one of our largest fer­ries (Puyallup, Taco­ma and Wenatchee), there are cas­cad­ing effects across our sys­tem. With Wenatchee out of ser­vice for sev­er­al months due to a recent fire and con­tin­u­ing pan­dem­ic-relat­ed ves­sel crew­ing chal­lenges for quar­an­tines and vac­ci­na­tions,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Summer Washington State Ferries Rates Start Today

Written on May 1, 2021 at 12:13 pm, by

  From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries The sum­mer sur­charge fares are effec­tive as of the start of busi­ness Sat­ur­day, May 1. A stan­dard vehi­cle pass from Ana­cortes to Fri­day Har­bor costs $70.90 and $14.50 for each adult pas­sen­ger. Minor and senior pas­sen­gers cost $7.25 for each. View the fare chart here.  The safe­ty of our cus­tomers and crew  Con­tin­ue Reading

Washington State Ferries Ridership Above 2019 Levels in San Juans

Written on April 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Port Townsend, Coupeville Route won’t Receive Sec­ond Boat Until June 6   By Pat­ty Rub­stel­lo, Assis­tant Sec­re­tary, Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Fer­ries Divi­sion Because of crew­ing chal­lenges, we made the dif­fi­cult deci­sion to delay the addi­tion of a sec­ond boat on our Port Townsend and Coupeville route until no soon­er than Sun­day, June 6. We’re still  Con­tin­ue Reading

Washington State Ferries Returns to Full Service April 15 on Anacortes and San Juan Islands Routes

Written on April 15, 2021 at 7:12 am, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries The Samish, Cath­lamet and Kalee­tan ves­sels have been reas­signed to full ser­vice on the Ana­cortes and San Juan Islands routes for Thurs­day, April 15.  The Chelan has been out of ser­vice since April 14 due to steer­ing issues and need­ed repairs. This will restore full ser­vice, fol­low­ing ear­li­er can­cel­la­tions. Now,  M/V Samish will  Con­tin­ue Reading

Give Service Feedback To Washington State Ferries

Written on April 11, 2021 at 9:56 am, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries If you ride our fer­ries, con­sid­er par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cur­rent Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ry Rid­ers Opin­ion Group sur­vey to share your thoughts on our ser­vice. The sur­vey is host­ed by the Wash­ing­ton State Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion and helps us hear feed­back and sug­ges­tions direct­ly from you. Sign up to join the sur­vey pan­el to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Ferry Workers Eligible For Vaccine, WSF Reminds Travelers To Limit Trips

Written on March 22, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries Please con­tin­ue to lim­it fer­ry trav­el to essen­tial trips. Despite increas­ing COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tions and low­er case num­bers, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion still rec­om­mends we delay trav­el if pos­si­ble. That’s why we con­tin­ue to ask the pub­lic to lim­it rides on our fer­ries to essen­tial pur­pos­es only. If you must  Con­tin­ue Reading

Islands Ferries Routes On Severe Weather Schedules Through Monday

Written on February 14, 2021 at 5:32 pm, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries All routes, includ­ing the Anacortes/San Juan Island route, will remain on their severe weath­er sched­ules through the end of the sail­ing day on Mon­day, Feb. 15. The Anacortes/San Juan Islands route will be run­ning on its week­day severe weath­er sched­ule Mon­day. Trav­el­ers should con­tin­ue to plan ahead and check the adjust­ed sched­ules  Con­tin­ue Reading

Attend Washington State Ferries Virtual Meetings

Written on January 29, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries will host a series of upcom­ing vir­tu­al pub­lic meet­ings. On Feb. 9 and 10, staff will be avail­able to answer ques­tions and give an update on Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries. For more infor­ma­tion about how to par­tic­i­pate, go to The safe­ty of our cus­tomers and crew is WSF’s  Con­tin­ue Reading

Timeline Of Ferries’ COVID-19 Response in 2020

Written on January 23, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

  From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries As COVID-19 began to impact our region, we took steps to ensure the safe­ty of our pas­sen­gers and employ­ees. Many of these actions hap­pened swift­ly, and, like every­one, we had to adapt to chang­ing infor­ma­tion and guid­ance. March Closed the gal­leys to lim­it pas­sen­ger con­tact. Start­ed offer­ing tick­et refunds and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Pandemic Drops Ferry Ridership To Lowest In 50 Years

Written on January 17, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Annu­al Rid­ers Down 10 mil­lion From 2019  From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries Annu­al rid­er­ship aboard Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries plunged by near­ly 10 mil­lion cus­tomers in 2020 – a drop of 41% from the pre­vi­ous year – to rough­ly 14 mil­lion. Stay-at-home orders, remote work and decreased tourism because of COVID-19 are the main rea­sons for the system’s  Con­tin­ue Reading

Holiday Ferries Ridership 43% Lower Than In 2019

Written on January 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries had rough­ly 267,000 rid­ers from Tues­day, Dec. 22, through Mon­day, Dec. 28. That’s 43% low­er than the num­ber of peo­ple we car­ried dur­ing the same time frame last year, though vehi­cle rid­er­ship was down only 9%. Thank you for fol­low­ing statewide restric­tions to lim­it trav­el over the hol­i­day sea­son. Wednes­day, Dec. 23,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Washington State Ferries New Website, Survey

Written on October 23, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries Web­site Cus­tomers will notice that Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries’ web­site has a new look. Not only does it look bet­ter, but it is now eas­i­er to nav­i­gate. Check out the changes at If you have ques­tions or need help find­ing infor­ma­tion on the web­site, con­tact our cus­tomer call cen­ter at 206–464‑6400  Con­tin­ue Reading