UPDATE: Lopez ferry terminal back in service

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 due to a mechanical failure at the Washington State Ferries Lopez Island ferry terminal caused by low temperatures, all sailings in and out of Lopez Island were cancelled. Repairs were finished by 9 p.m. and the terminal was back in service. The 11:15 p.m. sailing of the Hyak from Friday Harbor will make an unscheduled stop on Lopez before arriving at Anacortes.  

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WSF: System-wide annual ridership up 10 percent from five years ago

Annual ridership on the nation’s largest ferry system increased by more than 225,000 last year to nearly 25 million, its highest level since 2002.

“Our ridership is up 10 percent from five years ago and it’s forecast to grow another 30 percent to all-time highs over the next 20 years,” said WSF Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton. “In order to support this projected demand with reliable service, our recently released 2040 Long Range Plan calls for 16 new vessels by 2040.”

WSF Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton (holding microphone) updated the community about WSF long-range plans at an Open House in Friday Harbor earlier this month. Sharon Kivisto photo

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WSF long term plan calls for 16 new ferries to stabilize the fleet and provide reliable service; Meeting Jan. 9 in Friday Harbor

SEATTLE – More than half of Washington State Ferries’ 23-vessel fleet is scheduled to be retired by 2040. The ferry system needs 16 new vessels in the next 20 years, including 13 ferries to replace vessels due for retirement and three additional vessels to fill in when other ferries are out for maintenance and to respond to growth.

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Winter ferry schedule begins Sunday, January 6

 Washington State Ferries’ blue Winter 2019 Sailing Schedule. The schedule starts this Sunday, January 6, 2019 and runs through March 30. The image on the cover is from #FerryFotoContest winner Jim Reitz. His shot received the most “likes” on the @wsferries Twitter feed during the October contest. The start of the new sailing season also means new galley hours for some of the WSF routes. To check each route's galley hours, visit their respective terminal pages.

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