Published on May 25th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene0
Ferry Ridership Expected to Surge Over Memorial Day Weekend
Washington State Ferries is expecting ferry ridership to soar over Memorial Day weekend.
More than 435,000 travelers and tourists are expected to ride ferries during the weekend, according to a WSF press release.
WSF typically sees a 50 percent upsurge in ticket sales between Memorial Day and September, as compared to winter sales, the release states. Last summer, Washington ferries saw the highest number of passengers it’s experienced in a dozen years. The agency cites an improving economy and low gas prices in predicting continued growth in ridership this year.
“Nowhere else in the world has a ferry fleet and the beautiful inland waters and great scenery of Puget Sound,” said WSF Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith in the release. “I encourage you to travel on one of your ferries this holiday weekend.”
Washington State Ferries offers the following tips if you plan to travel by ferry this weekend:
If possible, walk on to reduce or eliminate wait times. Passenger capacity is far greater than vehicle capacity on all of WSF’s ferries.
Make a vehicle reservation to the San Juan Islands, Sidney, BC and Port Townsend/Coupeville.
Check the terminal conditions website.
Sign up for ferry travel alerts.
Keep an eye on Twitter for ferry alerts on travel conditions.
Review the summer sailing schedule and best times to travel.
Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, May 26-27, and eastbound Monday, May 30.