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Wa state Ferry lines

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by h92low, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. If you ride ur bike do you have to wait in line ?
    Someone said you can just go straight to the front. Is this true?
  2. Last edited: Aug 15, 2012

  3. No, you do not have to wait in line.
    yes, you go straight to the front.
  4. Texasl

    Texasl Totally Charming Retired Moderator

    That is the general rule, assuming you get there on time.

    Here is the information, straight from the WSF FAQ page.
  5. Even if you don't get there in time; if the boat is in process of loading, still go to the front. They'll load you last onto the back of the boat in between the cars.
  6. There's a designated spot for bikes at each terminal. Ask wherethey'd like you to wait if you can't find the group of motorcycles already there.

    "Front of the line" doesn't necessarily mean directly in front of the first car in line.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012
  7. Texasl

    Texasl Totally Charming Retired Moderator

    Not quite accurate. The workers will direct you where to go if loading is in process.
  8. Ferry workers tell me where to go all the time...
  9. We are both correct.

    You go to the front, using hov or whatever to get your ticket. Yes, they direct you to go to the bicycle/motorcycle holding area. Its not that complicated. That happens no matter when you show up. Once they have who/what they want loaded, then they load the MC's in the back, and yes, they direct you where to go to park on the boat.
    I've done this many times over. Shoot, Saturday, by going up hov lane and cutting over for ferry to Edmonds from Kingston to get my ticket and proceed to waitin area I made the boat, just barely. Had I been discouraged and waited in line with the cars, would had to have waited for the next boat...where I more than likely would had been loaded up front.
  10. Gotama

    Gotama WMRRA 1st VP

    should I chime in here
    I'm sure you all can figure it out
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012
  11. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Streetfighter

    A tip.
    If returning via Edmonds to Kingston, prepay your return ticket. That way you can ride right to the dock and the agent there will take it. Instead of going through the holding lane ticket both and popping out of it.
    If first crossing is at Edmonds go to the holding lane booth, buy your ticket and exit on the left and ride to dock....,
  12. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Streetfighter

    Must spread the love, bro...,so all you get is the clap:mfclap:

    By the way, They also tell Me where to put it....,sigh.
  13. Gotama

    Gotama WMRRA 1st VP

    ok I'll chime

    so if you ride your bike to any other dock except pier 52 in Seattle/Bainbridge/Bremerton and I believe Edmonds/ Kingston, which you have to pay before you can get on the dock , then yes you don't have to wait in line
    once you park your bike at the staging area then you go get your ticket
    motorcycles are staged in a separate area then the cars
    Bicycles are loaded first then motorcycles , at some docks after the cars have started loading bikes have to wait and then load last for safety reasons .
    and at some docks bikes can filter in with the cars , and then they are directed to take the upper ramp on the wing , to the front of the boat to stage with the other bikes , once they start loading cars in the upper wings then bikes that have filtered in with the rest of traffic must take up the space on the lower car deck at the aft of the ship where they can , and finally when all the cars have finished loading the remaining bikes park at the aft end of the ship
  14. Edmonds.
    Take the left lane and ride up on the left side of the booth. They will handle the business and put you up front. Do not wait.

    Split lanes to the booth. Pay. Go to the front right side.

    Ride to the booth. Pay. Go the wrong way to the front of the load area. Look for the handicap parking.
  15. Gotama

    Gotama WMRRA 1st VP

    ^^^ its been a while since I've been up to those runs :)
  16. I've always been fortunate enough to ride during of hours on the ferry so haven't had to wait long in the ticket line.

    You guys are saying if there's a long line to buy a ticket, a motorcycle can cut ahead of everyone to buy a ticket too? I thought we could just load in front of everyone else.
  17. Texasl

    Texasl Totally Charming Retired Moderator

    Motorcycles are not excused or exempted from compliance with the rules of the road found in chapter 46 of the RCW, so cutting queue or filtering can be cited as a violation. There may be special arrangements at certain docks, but those will be posted. An example of a special arrangement would be where a motorcycle is allowed to come straight down the hill to the dock, park, and get a ticket from the automatied kiosk in the terminal.
  18. Wondering about this post...sounds like you're advocating for cutting straight to the front of the line versus what Texasl posted.