Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan

Project news

In September 2018, Washington State Ferries (WSF) released the Draft Long Range Plan for a 45-day public comment period. The comment period closed on October 26. You can still view the Draft Plan and appendices below. If you were unable to attend one of the 11 in-person open houses (pdf 718 kb), content is still available to view on the online open house. The final Long Range Plan will be released in January 2019. Sign-up to receive email updates and stay informed. 

Washington State Ferries submitted a Long Range Plan progress report (pdf 13 mb) to the legislature on June 29, 2018. The report outlines WSF’s long range planning process, summarizes community outreach efforts and early public feedback, and offers preliminary findings and possible strategies that will be included in the Long Range Plan.

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


  • 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


  • 2017
    • Kickoff stakeholder advisory groups
    • Provide background information
  • January 2018
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Review work plan
    • Review ridership forecast data
    • Learn about the WSF budget
  • March 2018
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Review plan elements
  • May 2018
    • Advisory group meeting
    • Review plan elements
    • Community meetings
  • June 2018
    • Advisory group meeting
    • Legislative progress report
    • Draft plan elements
  • July/August 2018
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Draft plan elements
  • September 2018
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Public 45-day comment period
    • Community meetings
  • Fall/Winter 2019
    • Advisory group meetings
    • Finalize plan
    • Deliver final plan in January