Washington State Ferries' fall schedule begins Sunday


The fall schedules for the Washington State Ferries go into effect Sunday.


There are several five-minute changes to early morning sailings on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route and a 3.5-day vehicular closure of the Orcas Island terminal in late October.


Changes in the fall schedule are:



Several early morning sailings are being moved  five minutes earlier to improve on-time performance and provide more timely transit connections at Fauntleroy. WSF has also coordinated with Kitsap Transit on these changes.


The 4:30 a.m. daily sailing from Southworth to Vashon and Fauntleroy moves to 4:25 a.m.


The 4:50 a.m. daily sailing from Vashon to Fauntleroy moves to 4:45 a.m.


The 5:20 a.m. daily sailing from Fauntleroy to Vashon and Southworth moves to 5:15 a.m.


The 6:05 a.m. weekday sailing from Southworth to Vashon and Fauntleroy moves to 6 a.m.


The 5:45 a.m. weekend sailing from Vashon to Southworth moves to 5:40 a.m.


Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, B.C.:

The Orcas Island terminal will be closed to vehicular traffic from after the day's last sailing on Oct. 22 through midday Oct. 26. Walk-on passenger service will be maintained. WSF will provide free parking spaces in the Anacortes terminal upper parking lot Oct. 21-27 for Orcas drivers who are pre-authorized and have a dashboard permit. Customers should stop by the Orcas terminal and fill out an application by Sept. 21.


The route has its typical fall reduction from five-boat service to four-boat service.


The Sidney B.C. route has its typical fall reduction from two daily sailings to one.


Port Townsend/Coupeville

The route will have its typical late-fall reduction from two-boat service to one-boat service beginning Oct. 9.


All routes

The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30. Click here for details: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/CurrentFares.pdf.


Click here for a purple fall schedule effective Sept. 23 through Dec. 29: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/2012Fall.pdf.