Washington State Ferries is temporarily reducing service on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route beginning on Sunday, March 29 due to significant declines in ridership. The reductions are tentatively scheduled to last through April 25.
In addition to the route operating on its two-boat schedule, the following daily sailings will be cancelled:
- 1:25 a.m. from Vashon to Fauntleroy
- 1:45 a.m. from Southworth to Fauntleroy
- 2:20 a.m. from Fauntleroy to Vashon
- 2:45 a.m. from Vashon to Southworth
These service reductions and the earlier announced extension of the winter sailing schedule prepares WSF for the ongoing effects of COVID-19 disrupting service, including:
- A continued decrease in ridership due to public health recommendations
- Availability of sufficient crew personnel to meet federal requirements
“I know many people depend on our state ferries to get to work, and for goods, services and medical appointments,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “Our top priority remains the safety of our passengers and WSF crew as they continue vital ferry service.”
“The suspension of these sailings will give vessel crews and terminal staff more time to thoroughly clean and sanitize, making the ferries safer for everyone,” said Amy Scarton, head of WSF. “Further suspensions and adjustments are possible depending on ridership trends.”
As of March 26, system wide ridership was down about 60% compared to the last week of February. Walk-on passengers have decreased more than 80%, while the number of vehicles carried has dropped nearly 50%.
Emergency medical services have been notified of the schedule changes and will continue to have priority boarding as the situation allows.
Also, please note that the Customer Service call center is operating with limited service at this time as all agents are working remotely. Agents will not be able to take credit card information over the phone to secure reservations. However, they will be able to help guide customers through the process.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
For all information about adjustments to WSF operations visit the COVID-19 travel updates webpage.