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Wa state Ferry lines

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

  1. A week ago, I was told by the Ticket agent at the main Edmond's toll booths that when there is line up of cars waiting, to bypass the main booths, and proceed straight to the little toll booth at the beginning of the dock and purchase my ticket there before proceeding to the bike staging area at the front of lanes 1 & 2. If there is no line up of cars, that I could buy my ticket at the main booths, but that I would still need to stop at the dock booth and hand my ticket to that agent anyways.

    Long story short, at Edmonds, just go to the dock toll booth and pay there.

    Oh, and at the Mukilteo dock, ride down the "Local" lane all the way to the toll booths and then cut in to the left booth's line. there is a sign over that lane that says something like Recognized HOV.
     

  2. Necropost! So... things still the same these days? Just cut in line? Specifically Coupeville and Mukilteo.
     
  3. There is a separate waiting area for bicycles (which load first) and motorcycles (which load second) at each ferry dock. You're not cutting in line, you're going into the motorcycle line. When you pay at the booth, ask for directions to the motorcycle waiting area. If there is a long line at the pay booth, park at the terminal and buy your ticket inside at the walk-on counter. (or pre-pay online and print your ticket).
    Also, if you get to the ferry while cars are loading you will have to wait and get on last (there is always room for a bike) they dont mix cars and bikes.
    This applies to all the state ferries in Puget Sound.
     
  4. Thanks. I was curious about the long lines to the pay booth. But buying the ticket at the walk-on counter should help speed things up a bit.

    Cheers...
     
  5. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    No, at Mukilteo just drive down the regular road next to the line until you reach the booths, then cut in behind any car at a booth. If you go to the walk on booth, they'll send you back. There is no ferry in Coupeville, but if you mean Clinton, same deal, drive down the regular road to the light before the booths, then jump in behind any car.
     
  6. Thanks for the tip! Might try that this weekend, somewhere. Just for fun.
     
  7. Good to know, i'm not as familiar with those docks.
     
  8. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    I know it varies at different docks, like at Edmonds you can ride down and park and walk up to the pedestrian booth, but Mukilteo they don't like that? I just happen to live a few blocks from Mukilteo, so I am pretty familiar.
     
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  10. So, it sounds like...to avoid having to cut in line anywhere...and to avoid having a person at the walk-on dock booth turn you away, one can just use a kiosk down by the dock once you've parked your motorcycle (bike) with the bike heard. I would imagine every dock has a kiosk, as I don't see a list of those that don't on the ferry website. I was concerned about buying a ticket online ahead of time in case plans changed en route, with the only save being that the online tickets are good for 90 days per the website....if you'd go again some day. I've taken my bike on a ferry once, being the Fauntleroy-Vashon, but had no line so just bought at the booth. I'm heading to Mukilteo-Clinton tomorrow, so might try the kiosk method even if there is no line just to test it out.
     
  11. WP_20161129_001[2001].jpg ....was a nice day for a ride! Mukilteo-Clinton wants you to go through the booths on each side, and wants you to ride all the way down to the booths and ease into line right at the booth. Mukilteo has a dedicated motorcycle lane on the left that you get into from the booths. Clinton has a yellow lined waiting box or two directly in front of the car waiting lanes, that you also get to via the booths. The ticket booth staff said do not wait in line.
     
  12. Did Fauntleroy-Vashon yesterday 8/6/17, was a line, rode past the booths to their left (yes, the wrong way/ferry exit lanes/empty) got a head nod from an employee, parked in the bike waiting area across from the walk-up building, got a ticket from that walk-up booth. A gentleman on a Fat Boy then arrived, said he first stopped at the both, and they told him not to do that and sent him to the walk-up. Coming off Vashon (don't need a ticket), if the line is long...i.e. cages parked up to the top of the hill, the road is very narrow in places on the way down and the road is the waiting lane, so use the next street just to the west that goes from the top of the hill down to the ferry dock area. Roll to the front.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2017
  13. Digging into this a bit on their website, it appears that each dock has unique rules. Listed under Motorcycle Entry/Staging. I've included some excerpts below, and italics and underlined relevant text. I've sent them an email requesting some clarification, but suspect that they will respond that the policy is specific to each dock.

    Mukilteo: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminaldetail.aspx?terminalid=14
    Motorcycle Entry/Staging
    Procedures have changed at the Mukilteo terminal. All motorcycles must stop at the auto tollbooth via ferry line from Mukilteo Speedway (SR 525). Ticket sellers will direct cyclists to designated staging lane.

    Clinton: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminaldetail.aspx?terminalid=5
    Motorcycle Entry/Staging
    Motorcycles may bypass the ferry holding lane (right lane) by using the “local traffic lane” (left lane) coming down the hill approaching the traffic light. Once past the light in front of the tollbooths, queue after last vehicle for entry to staging area. Travel down bus lane and stage in front of vehicle holding.

    Bainbridge: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminaldetail.aspx?terminalid=3
    Motorcycle Entry/Staging
    If holding area is full and traffic has come to a stop at the tollbooth, proceed around vehicles to the seller’s window at the tollbooth.

    Edmonds: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminaldetail.aspx?terminalid=8
    Motorcycle Entry/Staging
    Pre-ticketed customers should proceed to the lower dock by utilizing local lanes.
    Non-ticketed customers purchase fare from either auto or passenger tollbooth.
    Ticket or boarding pass must be presented to traffic attendant on lower dock, then stage in front of lanes 1 and 2.

    Kingston: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminaldetail.aspx?terminalid=12
    Motorcycle Entry/Staging
    During commute hours, motorcyclists may use the pre-ticketed tollbooth.
    Proceed to staging at front of vehicle holding lanes.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017