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.
The replacement of the Anacortes terminal building roof is scheduled to be completed by the end of October. Details and photos of the $500,000 project are available on the WSF website.
Work has also been done on the overhead walkway and the parking lot. Corroded beams from the old walkway structure and the new striping to measure vehicles can be seen in these photos.
Inter-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.
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 www.tvw.org/
Who's the most interesting person you've ever met on a ferry? What's your most memorable trip across the Sound? What was it like the first time you saw the sunset from the upper deck? Join Washington State Ferries (WSF) in celebrating its 60th anniversary by telling your "ferry tales." Details on WSF website.
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.
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.
Price break for extended cab pickups considered
Members of Washington State Transportation Board of Commissioners heard from a handful of islanders when they traveled to the San Juan Islands Monday July 25 to listen to opinions on the proposed changes to Washington State ferry fares. Islanders can still influence the board's final decision by submitting comments. The Transportation Commissioners are appointed by the governor and as part of their duties set the tolls and fees for state highways including ferries.