Don’t be caught off guard by the significant transit service reductions on Friday, July 3, the day the federal government is observing as the Independence Day holiday. Very few transit agencies will be running a regular weekday schedule. Some will even shut down completely. Others will be shut down Saturday and open for business Friday.
However, on the night of Saturday, July 4, the South Lake Union Streetcar and * Tacoma Link will be in service later into the evening. ** The ferry from Vashon to Fauntleroy will have an additional sailing, at 11:25 pm.
Washington State Ferries is taking extra measures to handle the 350,000 passengers they are expecting over the holiday weekend, including spacing cars more tightly, and having police directing traffic at the downtown Seattle ferry dock. Check WSF’s terminal status page for the most up-to-date information on your route. Walking on is strongly encouraged. There should be more than enough space for the expected walk-on crowds, and ample space to transport bikes. If you want to avoid long lines, 4-6 pm Wednesday and Thursday evening is the wrong time to take the ferry.
If you are planning to take the ferry between Port Townsend and Coupevile, or any of the Anacortes / San Juan ferries, and taking a car, making a reservation is strongly encouraged. And then, be there 45 minutes before scheduled departure. ** Several additional sailings are planned for the Anacortes ferries July 1-5.
For-hire, taxi, and rideshare services with special deals this weekend, or any free-ride-home services, are welcome to mention those deals in the comment thread.
Service Levels for the various transit agencies in the region for July 3-4 are below the fold:
|Friday, July 3||Saturday, July 4|
|King County Metro||Sunday schedule||Saturday schedule|
|Sound Transit Express||Sunday||Saturday|
|Tacoma Link||weekday||* Sunday frequency 5:30 am – 10 pm|
|Washington State Ferries||** Friday||** Saturday|
|West Seattle Water Taxi||Saturday||Saturday|
|Vashon Water Taxi||none||Sunday|
|Monorail||7:30 am – 11 pm||8:30 am – 11 pm|
|South Lake Union Streetcar||6 am – 11 pm||6 am – midnight|