SEATTLE – Annual ridership aboard Washington State Ferries rebounded from 2020 pandemic numbers by almost 3.3 million customers in 2021 to nearly 17.3 million. The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and a boost in tourism are the main reasons for the system’s largest year-to-year ridership increase on record.
Washington State Ferries will host the last of two virtual community meetings this week. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
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UPDATED 9:23 am. Full service restored at Washington State Ferries Friday Harbor terminal.
San juan County Ferry Advisory Chair Jim Corenham explained the problem with Washington State Ferries Friday Harbor Ferry terminal. "The Friday Harbor terminal ramp is BROKEN, can't go up or down. The tides SHOULD allow loading the 5:55am sailing from FH tomorrow, but likely NOT the 8:05 (if it sails). WSF maintenance will be on the early boat and MAY be able to get it fixed but time-to-repair is completely unknown. Please plan accordingly."
File photo: Yakima ferry at Friday Harbor Ferry terminal
January 4, 2022, ferry service in the San Juan Islands route will be on its regular 4-boat weekday schedule and the ferries have working restrooms.
The schedules are posted https://wsdot.com/Ferries/Schedule/scheduledetailbyroute.aspx?route=ana-sj It is a bit confusing because the regular 4-boat schedule is listed as inactive on the schedule page. To view it go to the drop down menu and scroll down.
On Monday, Jan. 3, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route will operate on the regular winter weekday schedule with #3 Samish and #4 Tillikum (inter-island) sailings cancelled to begin the service day. WSF will attempt to restore regular service pending sufficient crewing for Samish and successful sea-trials following unscheduled maintenance on Tillikum. Reservation holders will be given priority loading, and will be loaded first come/first served.