Topic: Transportation

Anacortes Terminal Survey

Written on July 5, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The Washington State Department of Transportation is partnering with the Port and city of Anacortes to explore innovative public-private partnerships to enhance the 35-acre ferry terminal site. This could include commercial opportunities such as retail stores, lodging and food options. WSDOT would like to hear from Anacortes and San Juan Islands residents, tribes and ferry  Continue Reading

All Clear

Written on July 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm, by

Apparently no bomb was found – they’re loading for Anacortes. Here’s the official word from WSF: M/V Elwha has been cleared to sail and normal operations will resume as soon as possible. Supplemental sailings will be added to help accommodate passengers going to Friday Harbor and returning to Anacortes.

Bomb Squad Arrives

Written on July 1, 2019 at 5:20 pm, by

By now you probably know there was a bomb threat this afternoon aboard the Elwha. All ferry service to and from Friday Harbor has been suspended until the ferry can be cleared. The bomb squad (including two dogs) arrived and has just boarded the vessel at approximately 5:10 pm. Updates will be posted as more  Continue Reading

Ferry Fare Feedback Requested

Written on July 1, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

The Washington State Transportation Commission is looking for feedback on proposed ferry fare increases for the next two years that will take effect in October. You can learn more about the fare changes and provide comments via the Transportation Commission’s online open house You can also submit feedback by emailing the transportation commission at transc@wstc.wa.gov.  Continue Reading

The Partial Fix

Written on June 22, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Well here’s some good news, but sadly, not a whole lot… This is the fourth in the 3-part series that became a 4-part series mid-way through. Part Four: The Solution (to see Parts 1 through 3, click below) Part One: The Problem Part Two: The Cause Part Three: The Solution Problem Continues Perhaps “The Solution”  Continue Reading

Hyak to Be Retired

Written on June 21, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Well this was supposed to be the third in a 3-part series of late running ferries, but it just became the third in a FOUR part series… Part 3: The Problem Continues This just in from WSF on June 20th: Summer to Begin With Fewer Vessels in WSF fleet “The past legislative session came with  Continue Reading

WSTC Hosts Community Meeting

Written on May 29, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Come join us tonight to share your thoughts and learn more about possible ferry fare changes. To provide San Juan Islands residents opportunity to comment on potential changes to fares, the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) will host a public meeting in Friday Harbor, which will include a brief presentation by WSTC and WSF staff  Continue Reading

Caution! Wet Paint!

Written on May 19, 2019 at 8:16 am, by

Town streets are being restriped with fresh paint on the week of May 20, 2019. Work will include centerlines, lane/edge lines and curb markings. The goal is to complete restriping of most major streets, as well as some of the secondary streets. The work schedule is weather dependent. Motorists should use caution when they encounter  Continue Reading

Bike Fest Coming Soon

Written on May 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Have you ever seen a 20 foot Wide by 10 foot Tall Bicycle? If not keep an eye out – you could be seeing this Iconic Bicycle all around the island located at businesses supporting the 2019 Friday Harbor Bike Fest (formerly Bike-n-Brew). The bike fest is a celebration of bicycling and is sponsored by  Continue Reading

Round Towner gets a New Ride

Written on May 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm, by

On Tuesday, May 7th,  Round Towner celebrated the recent donation by the San Juan Lions Foundation of the “new” 2014 Nissan Leaf to replace their worn-out Honda.  The non-profit community service RoundTowner has just surpassed 18,000 essential rides to needy and disabled elderly folks in Friday Harbor over the past five and one-half years.  See  Continue Reading

3rd Annual Tour de Family – Friday Harbor

Written on May 2, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

A week from Friday is the Third Annual family bike ride for all ages, coordinated by San Juan County Health and Community Services and Island Rec. We have a trike/scooter route, a safe ‘first biker’ route, and an adventure route for those wanting a safe and easy open road ride. The event is located at  Continue Reading

Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Written on April 25, 2019 at 12:34 pm, by

Continuing the series of posts announced Wednesday, here are a few things looming on the horizon for Friday Harbor – Nash and Caines Streets Intersection Realignment You know that crazy bump-out feature at the intersection of Nash and Caines Streets – it will soon be a memory. A realignment improvement project is coming soon to  Continue Reading

Coming Soon to an Island Near You

Written on April 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm, by

At the San Juan Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon on Tuesday, in addition to regular chamber business, three speakers announced some things happening around here – First was County Councilman Bill Watson, some news on things coming up on the island. Next, Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson announced a few projects in the works for  Continue Reading

WSDOT Active Transportation Plan Survey

Written on April 21, 2019 at 10:25 am, by

Washington State Active Transportation Plan Survey Now Online The Washington State Active Transportation Plan update needs you to connect people with the process. Tell your friends and neighbors, share links in social media, forward this notice to your contacts. The public opinion survey is now available online in English, with other languages to be added as  Continue Reading

Parking Lot Repaving

Written on April 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm, by

The Anacortes Terminal Parking Lot A will be closed for about one month starting Saturday, April 13. Construction crews will repave the parking lot during the closure. The work is anticipated to be completed by mid-May. Lot A is directly adjacent to the passenger terminal and vehicles will not have access to the 15 min.  Continue Reading

Upcoming FAC Meetings

Written on April 4, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Mark your calendars! WSF and local Ferry Advisory Committees are hosting nine upcoming community meetings! Come learn about the future of ferries, proposed changes to fares, and local projects on your route. Kingston: Monday, April 29, 6 p.m., Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston Coupeville: Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m., Island  Continue Reading

Studded Tire Removal Deadline March 31

Written on March 30, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a reminder from the Washington State Department of Transportation… Last week’s arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until this Sunday, March 31, to remove their studded tires, or face a $136 fine. While studded tires help keep your vehicle from slip-sliding around wintry conditions, they also damage the pavement. Removing the tires  Continue Reading

Ferry spring schedule starts Sunday

Written on March 29, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Don’t get caught by surprise! Peruse the new schedule online, and see these new changes to our area sailings: Anacortes/San Juan Islands will have four vessels in service, similar to the fall schedule Anacortes/Sidney, BC will have one daily roundtrip via Friday Harbor Two-boat service resumes for Port Townsend/Coupeville on Sunday, May 12

Sealth to Replace Yakima

Written on March 28, 2019 at 3:11 pm, by

Beginning Friday, March 29, there will be reduced vehicle capacity on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route when the 90-car Sealth begins service as vessel #2, replacing the 144-car Yakima. Effective today, the Yakima replaces the 144-car Hyak, moving from position #2 position #3, beginning with the Anacortes 2:10 pm to Friday Harbor. The Sealth carries  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate

Written on March 28, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The special license plate legislation has passed both chambers of the Legislature by overwhelming margins!   Many thanks to Representative Lekanoff and Senator Lovelett for their hard work. April/May 2019 – Signature of legislation by Governor Inslee August 1-October 1, 2019 – License Plate available for purchase sometime during this period depending on final effective  Continue Reading

Heading Off-Island Next Week?

Written on March 24, 2019 at 5:58 am, by

You might want to be aware of some road maintenance coming up. Here’s more from WSDOT: EXPECT DELAYS: Deception Pass rockslide cleanup next week If you’ve driven across Deception Pass bridge recently, you’ve likely seen the remnants from a small rockslide from a few weeks ago on the side of SR 20. On Wednesday, March  Continue Reading

Argyle Avenue Sidewalk Widening Project

Written on February 26, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has authorized construction to begin for the Argyle Avenue Sidewalk Widening Project. The Town has contracted with MEM Enterprises to perform the work. The Contractor will install new widened sidewalk on Argyle Avenue between Spruce Street and Rose Lane; and new ADA compliant crosswalk from Rose Lane to the SJC  Continue Reading