Autumn arrives on Sunday, September 22, and brings a new ferry schedule to riders of the Washington State Ferries. Although the fall sailing schedule means less sailings on some routes in the system, it also means fewer long lines and shorter ferry waits. Highlights of the fall 2013 schedule include:
- Anacortes-San Juan Islands: Four vessels in service
- Anacortes-Sidney, BC: One daily roundtrip via Friday Harbor
- Fauntleroy-Vashon Island-Southworth: Fewer sailings on weekends
- Mukilteo-Clinton (Whidbey Island): Fewer late night and early morning sailings, Thursdays-Sundays
- Port Townsend-Coupeville (Keystone): Two-boat service until October 14; one-boat service resumes October 15
As good as summer is for businesses and the economy, islanders look forward to the slowdown of visitors in the fall. And the off-season is an ideal time to go island hopping. Here are five islands that are fun to visit in fall, winter and spring.
Autumn also brings fare increases and policy changes that were adopted by the Washington State Transportation Commission on July 20, 2013. The new fares and policies taking effect on Oct. 1 include increases of 2 percent on passenger fares and 3 percent on vehicle fares.