Identify marine mammals using whale trail signs on ferries

PRESS RELEASE: Just in time for Fall when orcas travel into Puget Sound, Washington State Ferries and The Whale Trail have partnered to provide ferry passengers with onboard guides to identifying Puget Sound marine mammals.

Travelers can use two signs on each ferry vessel and one in each ferry terminal to familiarize themselves with marine mammals living in Puget Sound and help identify animals during transits.


Suggestions wanted to help simplify ferry fares

The State Legislature, in cooperation with the Washington State Transportation Commission, is conducting a study assessing possible ways to simplify the ferry fare structure and payment methods, as the state works towards finding ways of making it more convenient for riders to pay their fares and lower the cost of fare collections.

Members of Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) have completed surveys. WASDOT would like to hear additional comments. If you'd like to participate in this or future surveys, please visit the FROG webpage.


How to check for WSF updates

cheInter-island route service  is provided by the 64-car Chetzemoka (photo by Rick Galer) while the Hiyu is being repaired. The Hiyu was filling in for the Evergreen State which was filling in for a Super Class ferry which was being repaired.  The Chetzemoka is new to the islands so sailing times may vary.

Check for updates via the ferry alert bulletins on Washington State Ferries website

Ferry locations and actual departure times can be viewed on the WSF VESSEL WATCH page. Departure times are listed below the map showing the vessel locations.


TVW documentary: Staying Afloat: Challenges Facing WSF

Staying Afloat: Challenges Facing Washington State Ferries,  an hour-long documentary by TVW host/producer Jessica Gao which aired Tuesday night on TVW, can be viewed online.

Gao profiled WSF and used more than two dozen interviews with ferry users, advocates and critics, state officials, and legislators from ferry districts and other parts of the state.

On Wednesday evening Gao interviewed David Moseley Washington State Department of Transportation, Assistant Secretary Ferries Division. An interview with State Secretary of  Transportation Paula Hammond, the Moseley interview and others are available at


Ferry fare increase and changes adopted

PRESS RELEASE: A 2.5 percent general ferry fare increase takes effect October 1, 2011 with an additional 3 percent general fare increase beginning May 1, 2012. The May 2012 increase is intended to preclude the need for an increase in October 2012.

Other changes adopted are a new size category for cars less than 14-feet long. The fare will be reduced to 90 percent now with the goal of 70 percent within three years. Standard vehicle size is redefined as 14 to 22 feet - up from 20-feet. This should include most SUVs, pickups and mini-vans.


Sutton quits FAC

Ed Sutton, the controversial and long-serving member of the San Juan Ferry Advisory Committee, resigned Tuesday, August 16. San Juan County Council member Howie Rosenfeld announced Sutton's sudden resignation Tuesday, August 16 during the council meeting. Rosenfeld asked council member Richard Fralick to step in temporarily and represent Orcas Island on the FAC until a replacement can be found.

Sutton volunteered hundreds of hours on the committee. He was a subject of controversy for among other things, line-jumping at the Orcas Island ferry terminal and telling Washington State Ferries they should charge passenger fees on the inter-island ferries.


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