Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan

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Help shape the future of Washington State Ferries!

Join us for an open house (pdf 360 kb) to learn more and share your ideas and priorities for the Long Range Plan.

  • Bainbridge Island
    • Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Bainbridge Island Senior Center, 370 Brien Drive SE., Bainbridge Island
  • Port Townsend
    • Thursday, April 19, 5 – 7 p.m.
    • Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend
  • Vashon Island
    • Tuesday, April 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
    • Vashon Island High School, 9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon Island
  • Bremerton
    • Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Bremerton
  • Southworth
    • Thursday, April 26, 6 – 8 p.m.
    • John Sedgwick Jr. High, 8995 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard
  • Clinton
    • Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Clinton Community Hall, 6411 South Central Avenue, Clinton
  • San Juan Islands
    • Wednesday, May 2, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
    • Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor
  • Kingston
    • Tuesday, May 8, 6 – 8 p.m.
    • Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston
  • Fauntleroy
    • Thursday, May 17, 6 – 8 p.m.
    • Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Avenue SW, Seattle

Can't make it in person? Participate in our online open house from April 10 – May 24.

Washington State Ferries (WSF) has convened advisory groups representing ferry rider groups and local agencies that meet regularly to provide input on the Long Range Plan.

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Needs & benefits

  • WSF is developing a Long Range Plan to plan for the future of the ferry system through 2040. The plan will:
    • Consider demographic trends and ridership forecasts
    • Look at the condition of the ferry fleet, terminals, and access to them
    • Evaluate our work force and operations
    • Identify opportunities to use new technology and prepare for climate change
    • Review and update performance measures

Background

  • The 2009 Long Range Plan presented a vision for the future of the ferry system. What have we accomplished?
    • Studied and launched vehicle reservations
    • Improved customer web experience for easier trip planning
    • Started construction on the new Mukilteo ferry terminal and Colman Dock
    • Implemented pricing strategies to maximize use of vehicles space
    • Built six new ferries with the next Olympic Class ferry scheduled for completion in 2018

Timeline

  • Summer 2017
    • Kickoff advisory groups
    • Confirm scope of the plan
    • Begin community engagement
  • Fall 2017
    • Forecast ridership
    • Advisory group meetings
  • Winter 2018
    • Develop plan strategy and hire consultant team
    • Advisory group meeting​
  • Spring 2018
    • Analyze plan options
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Community meetings
  • Summer/Fall 2018
    • Draft plan
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Community meetings
    • Deliver progress report to legislature
  • January 2019
    • Deliver final plan to legislature by January 1

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