Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Construction brings sailing schedule adjustments on Seattle-based routes

By Broch Bender

Although we haven't done this since Hammer pants were hip and Amazon only sold books, starting January 7, 2018, the sailing schedule on our Seattle/Bainbridge and Seattle/Bremerton routes will change. Due to construction on Colman Dock, several sailings to and from of our flagship ferry terminal in Seattle will depart 5-15 minutes earlier or later than they currently do.
With nearly a quarter of the 500 steel piles needed to support the state's busiest ferry terminal
firmly in the ground, we're making good headway building your new Colman Dock.

Soon after the New Year, construction to make Colman Dock safer in a major earthquake will shift from pile driving work to demolishing a portion of the Seattle terminal building. The terminal will remain open during the work, with no cuts to service, but the building will be much smaller and will not have enough space to accommodate passengers leaving for more than one destination at a time.

The new sailing schedule in and out of Colman Dock staggers trips so that only one ferry arrives and departs at a time. This way, there's plenty of room to hold a boat's worth of travelers inside the smaller terminal building.
Find out if your sailing departure time is changing in January 2018

Learn more online, or join us at one of our sailing schedule drop-in events this month.
Pick up a copy of the 2018 Winter Sailing schedule at the terminal or on the ferry

Holiday travel and more Winter 2018 route changes

Before you make merry, check the time of your ferry.

Some ferry routes operate on a holiday schedule on Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). Since New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday this year, your sailing may also be on a Sunday or weekend timetable as well.

Last, but not least: It's not just the Seattle routes that change on Jan. 7. As tourist season goes into brief hibernation for the winter, there will be fewer sailings on our Anacortes/San Juan Islands route and ferry service to Sidney, BC will be suspended until spring.