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Whatcom Chief making the crossing from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island (July 24, 2015). Photo: My Ferndale News

Lummi Island ferry adopts COVID-19 schedule – eliminates fares

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.

The COVID19 schedule reduces Monday thru Friday a.m. runs from 15 to 13 and reduces the p.m. runs from 14 to 12. This change will be in effect beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division announcement (March 25, 2020)

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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.

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Eliminating the exchange of cash, credit cards and punch cards allows us to adhere to social distancing recommendations. We realize lost revenue is an issue; however, right now our top priority is the health and safety of our county and island community .

Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division announcement (March 25, 2020)

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.

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