Winter ferry schedule started January 6

Washington State Ferries began the Winter Ferry Sailing Schedule on Sunday, January 6, 2008 and will continue through March 29, 2008.

The winter season is traditionally a slow season for the ferry system. Hence, seasonal cuts or changes in service are made to save money. This is the fifth year in a row for these seasonal cuts, which saves the system approximately $500,000 each winter season.

During the winter, service between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C. is canceled and the International vessel goes through its annual maintenance period as well as running domestic service.

The Anacortes/San Juan Island routes experience the most change during the winter schedule.

The normal four boats will run in the San Juan Islands Monday through Friday and three boats on weekends during the winter schedule. Thus, there will be two schedules for this route, a weekday and a weekend schedule.

The blue winter schedule, No. 207, is available at all ferry terminals as well as local libraries and the ferry system website at: