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About 500,000 people expected to take ferries over Labor Day weekend

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By: KIRO 7 News Staff

SEATTLE – As people are preparing to head out of town for the Labor Day weekend, hundreds of thousands will take a ferry.

Washington State Ferries expects to move around 500,000 people in the next few days. That’s up from 

That means planning ahead, and unless you don’t mind long waits, planning around peak travel times, some of which are listed in the tweet at the bottom of this story.

You can also use the state ferries best travel times tool, which can be found on tab titled Best Travel Times on the right side of each route schedule page on the state ferries website. 

The rush started Thursday and will run through Tuesday for Labor Day weekend. Lines will be long, especially if you are going west.

Edmonds, Kingston, Mukilteo, Clinton and Fauntleroy are some of the terminals that could be the busiest.

Ferry officials are also warning people not to cut ferry lines, which is against the law and carries a fine of $139. 

“Don’t get involved with a line cutter no matter how much it makes your blood boil. We actually had an incident in West Seattle last weekend where a gun was drawn and there was an arrest made over line cutting, so it’s situations we don’t want to see people getting into,” said Ian Sterling with Washington State Ferries.

Drivers are encouraged to call 1-877-764-HERO (1-877-764-4376) or use the online reporting form if they see a driver cutting the line.

Wait times during previous Labor Day weekends have usually stretched into the two to three-hour range.

Summer is already busy for the ferry system, and with continued growth in recent years, has increased wait times.

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