FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division announced they have adopted a modified ferry schedule effective today, March 26th, which they say will be continued “during the COVID-19 pandemic.” In addition, they have eliminated collecting fares.
Ferry officials say the drop in ridership due to the Governor’s stay at home order prompted implementing the special modified sailing schedule.032620-COVID19-Ferry-Schedule
This follows a previous reduction in runs that went into effect March 23rd.
Ferry officials warned that future government mandates and/or a continuing drop in ridership may require further trip reductions including adopting a weekend/holiday schedule of 1 run per hour with additional runs as needed.
Also effective today, fare collection has been temporarily suspended.
Ferry officials added the following guidance.
- Drivers and passengers traveling in vehicles should stay in their vehicles with the windows rolled up.
- Walk-on traffic should practice social distancing and reduce interaction with other passengers and the crew.
- Travel on the ferry for essential trips only.