Getting around Extra ferry service is scheduled for this three-day holiday weekend, but some travelers may still encounter delays. For Washington State Ferries...

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Getting around

Extra ferry service is scheduled for this three-day holiday weekend, but some travelers may still encounter delays. For Washington State Ferries, the Memorial Day weekend rush starts today. Travelers are encouraged to travel during noncommute times — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or after 7 p.m. Those planning to return home on the Monday holiday would be wise to plan ferry travel as early in the day as possible.

• Today, an extra ferry sailing from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, is scheduled at 8 p.m.

• Tomorrow, ferries will be running regular schedules, but with an unscheduled afternoon trip if needed from Anacortes. An extra sailing is scheduled from Clinton, on Whidbey Island, at 8:55 p.m., and from Mukilteo at 9:20 p.m. to help with the traffic.

• Ferries on Saturday and Sunday will be on regular schedules.

• On Monday, the Anacortes-San Juan Islands route will be on a Sunday schedule, with an extra sailing from Orcas Island at 4:15 p.m. The Edmonds-Kingston, Mukilteo-Clinton, Seattle-Bainbridge and Point Defiance-Tahlequah (Vashon Island) routes will be on holiday sailing schedules Monday, but there will be no Seattle-Vashon passenger-only service. The rest of the system will be on regular schedule.

It’s Northwest Folklife time

Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival has grown to become the city’s largest community-based and most ethnically diverse all-volunteer festival, with a focus on Pacific Northwest community and culture. Music and dance from traditions around the world, plus children’s activities, food, crafts, concerts, exhibits and demonstrations are again highlights of the holiday weekend festival, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow through Monday at Seattle Center.

The festival is free, but a $5 donation will be requested for a Folklife button. Festival information is online at, or call 206-684-7300.

Metro Transit will operate a $2 shuttle service between the Northgate Transit Center and Seattle Center during the festival. The shuttle will run Saturday through Monday, but not tomorrow. There will be no special shuttle between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center, but several regular routes serve the Seattle Center area, and the Monorail runs direct between Seattle Center and the downtown Westlake Center.

A Metro makeover

One of Metro Transit’s most-used bus routes, the Route 7, is getting a makeover. Starting June 4 the route, which has been a 15-mile ride between Rainier Beach and the University District, will be split into two separate routes to provide better service.

Two routes — Route 7 and a new Route 49 — will operate as separate routes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Route 7 will operate between Rainier Beach and downtown Seattle, and Route 49 will provide service between downtown, Capitol Hill and the University District. Passengers wishing to travel beyond downtown on either route will need to transfer.

But the two routes will be connected in the early morning, after 7 p.m., and all day on Sundays, making it possible to still ride between Rainier Beach and the U District without changing buses.

Spring cleaning

The fish ladder at the Ballard Locks will be closed for cleaning tomorrow through June 6. Most of the fish-ladder plaza area and the ramp to the viewing room will be closed to the public. The Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the locks, cleans the fish ladder every spring before adult salmon begin migrating upstream to spawn. The fish ladder allows salmon to migrate into the fresh water of Lake Union and Lake Washington.

Here & Now is compiled by Seattle Times staff reporter Charles E. Brown and news assistant Suesan Whitney Henderson.

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