WA State Ferries Might Start Taking Reservations!

WA State Ferries Might Start Taking Reservations if the DOT go along with a recommendation of a new study which shows that even though a reservation system would cost about $25 million, the ferry system said it could actually save money.  The cost savings would come from not having to expand the ferry terminals as well as spreading usage making sure that more vessels sail full.

The study also stated that a reservation system would reduce traffic congestion, and suggested the reservation system begin in 2011 for the AnacortesSan Juan Islands ferry run.

According to an article in the Seattle Times, the report suggests:

‚ÄĘ Up to 90 percent of the vessel would be available for reservations during peak and commute periods; up to 50 percent during off-peak times.

‚ÄĘ Reservations on commute period sailings would be available four weeks in advance; all other sailings would be available six months in advance.

‚ÄĘ There would be no extra fee for reservations, unlike what is charged for British Columbia ferries.

‚ÄĘ There could be cancellation fees and customers would have to arrive 15 to 30 minutes before the sailing time to guarantee their reservations.

This is great news for Anacortes, and all of the San Juan Islands!

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