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April 1, 2024

Reminder! Skagit County is looking for beta testers for new Guemes Ferry electronic ticketing system

In case you missed it, last week Skagit County announced we will be transitioning to a new electronic ticketing system for the Guemes Island Ferry, provided through Anchor Operating Systems.
Starting June 6, 2024, residents will have the convenience of pre-purchasing ferry tickets on Skagit County’s website using Anchor’s user-friendly and mobile-ready platform. Upon purchase of your ticket(s), you will receive a QR code to simplify boarding procedures. The QR code can be scanned at the ferry terminal on your mobile device, or you can print your tickets after purchase.
For more information on the transition to electronic ticketing, please visit our project webpage below.


Our ideal beta test user group will encompass various ticket-purchasing scenarios, including punch cards, single-ride tickets, oversize vehicle tickets, and commercial users managing drivers’ tickets. We will select specific riders which meet our criteria on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Skagit County staff are looking for the following criteria for beta testers:

  • Ride the ferry at least twice per week.
  • Willingness to purchase tickets online during the test period.
  • Commitment to providing feedback through surveys and/or a meeting with staff over Zoom.

Electronic punch cards purchased during testing will be valid for 90 days and single ride tickets will be valid for through May 19, 2024. Electronic ticket costs are the same as current ticket prices. Punch cards purchased during testing can still be used after the test period ends until they expire.
If you are interested in joining the beta testing team, please email ferrycomments@co.skagit.wa.us with the following details:

  • Your name, address, and preferred contact information
  • Frequency of ferry rides
  • Details on your preferred ticket types – single tickets, punch cards, over-size vehicles etc.
  • Types of devices or browsers you will use during testing.
    • On your computer – Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox etc.
    • On your mobile device – Apple or Android.

The deadline for beta testing sign-up is April 8th at midnight. Selections will be made and communicated to applicants via email by Thursday, April 11th. Thank you for your willingness to help during this transition!