Edmonds-Kingston: Final round trip suspended on Fridays and Saturdays
Many schedules are different from years past
Last updated 12/18/2020 at 10:34am
Washington State Ferries is asking the public to limit rides on state ferries to essential purposes only over the Christmas and New Year's holiday season.
And with statewide restrictions in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the final round trip is suspended on Fridays and Saturdays
on the Edmonds-Kingston run.
"With guidance to limit gatherings during a time we normally spend with family and friends, the holidays will be different for many this year," said Amy Scarton, head of WSF.
"If you must ride our ferries, remember that masks are required aboard our vessels and throughout our terminals in compliance with the state's health order to help keep people safe."
Customers who must take a ferry for essential travel should review sailing schedules in advance. Several routes are operating on modified timetables under WSF's COVID-19 Response Service Plan that are different from years past.
In addition to Edmonds-Kingstong, they include:
Seattle/Bainbridge, Seattle/Bremerton and Mukilteo/Clinton: Final daily round trip suspended
Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth: Two-boat schedule instead of three; late-night sailings suspended
Anacortes/San Juan Islands: Winter schedule (no Sidney, British Columbia service).
On Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, there will be a few schedule changes for the Edmonds/Kingston, Mukilteo/Clinton and Point Defiance/Tahlequah routes. The Seattle/Bainbridge Island route will operate on a Saturday timetable on both days. Holiday sailings are marked on the schedule page for each route.
Busy travel times
Lengthy wait times are possible for people who must drive a vehicle onto a vessel over the holidays. With Christmas falling on a Friday this year, the Wednesday and Thursday before, and the Saturday and Sunday following the holiday are expected to be the busiest.
Delays are possible in both directions on several routes.
Historically, far fewer people catch a ferry during the week of the New Year's holiday.
To reduce or eliminate waiting, riders may consider taking an early morning or late evening sailing. To maintain physical distance standards, WSF will enforce reduced occupancy in terminals and on sailings for walk-on passengers.