• About 350,000 people expected to take ferries over Labor Day weekend


    SEATTLE - As people are preparing to head out of town for the Labor Day weekend, hundreds of thousands will take a ferry.

    Washington State Ferries expects to move around 350,000 people in the next few days.

    That means planning ahead, and unless you don’t mind long waits, planning around peak travel times, some of which are listed in the tweet at the bottom of this story.

    You can also use the state ferries best travel times tool, which can be found on tab titled Best Travel Times on the right side of each route schedule page on the state ferries website. 

    Traffic started picking up Thursday and will continue Friday for people heading west. Monday will be very busy for everyone heading back east.

    The Edmonds/Kingston route is expected to see the longest wait times.

    Wait times during previous Labor Day weekends have usually stretched into the two to three-hour range.

    Summer is already busy for the ferry system, and with continued growth in recent years, has increased wait times.

    One tip ferry workers had for people unfamiliar with navigating to the Edmonds terminal is putting "ferry toll booths" in your GPS, which may help you avoid getting turned around or pushed back in line.

    "A lot of times they miss the one sign on Third Avenue that we have, so we have to direct them back and around and that can cause some frustration," said Rory Rodriguez with Washington State Ferries.

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    Meanwhile, repairs on the ferry Hyak are taking longer than expected, canceling international sailings to Vancouver Island through Saturday.

    Washington State Ferries reassigned the Chelan to the San Juan Islands route because of urgent engine repair work.

    The state hopes to have service to Sidney, BC running again Sunday.









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