The Whatcom Chief will be out of service for dry dock repairs and maintenance starting the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12, and is expected to return to service the evening of Saturday, Oct. 3. The return date is tentative and subject to change.
The Whatcom Chief is scheduled to return to service at 6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, after three weeks in dry dock. This scheduled return is dependent on upon successful completion of the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials.
After a public comment period on our draft policy, we have made some changes and published a final version of the 2020 Passenger Only Vessel and Shuttle Van Passenger Use Policy on Monday, Sept. 8. This policy balances the prevention requirements of operating a ferry during a pandemic with the need for a predictable level of service in operations.
The contracted passenger-only ferry will provide service between Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point.
In preparation for the Whatcom Chief's return to service, Oct. 4 is the last day of the shuttle van.
Our shuttle van is a surplus WTA 15-passenger van with a wheelchair lift. The shuttle must meet a very tight schedule. Please be at the shuttle van stop early to be sure of a ride. The maximum number of passengers allowed in the shuttle van at any one time is 14. No exceptions. See the South Loop and North Loop schedules below for pick up and drop off times.
It is extremely important that designated no parking areas are kept open and clear for the smooth operations of the ferry system, shuttle van, and for safety and fire access.
We would like to thank the Lummi Island Commercial Company for their gracious offer to allow Lummi Island residents to use areas marked in Exhibit AA during dry dock.
Important: The areas circled in orange on Exhibit AA are only available Sept. 13 - Oct. 2, 2020. Any vehicle parked in these spots prior to Sept. 13 or after Oct. 2 will be towed at the owner's expense. No additional notice will be given.
The areas circled in orange on Exhibit CC mark areas of no parking year-round. It is especially important to not park in these areas during dry dock to keep that area clear for the shuttle van and EMS services. Please be a kind neighbor and do not park your vehicle in that area.
There are no changes to the Lummi View Drive or Emma Road parking areas.
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