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Plans, Publications, and Statistics

Washington State Ferries has a number of planning efforts to deal with long-term sustainability, marketing, new programs, and capital facilities and vessel improvements. Listed below are current plans, programs, and statistics for the ferry system. 

2040 Long Range Plan

WSF is currently developing a Long Range Plan to create a vision for the future of the ferry system and provide guidance for WSF's services and investments through 2040.

2018 Summer Service Plan (pdf 1.50 mb)

When ferry service is disrupted in the summer, WSF tries to keep as many people moving as possible in a safe and cost-effective way. To help guide operations during a service disruption, WSF looks to its Summer Service Plan, which outlines the criteria and considerations that affect WSF’s ability to operate.

Transit Asset Management Plan (pdf 4.59 mb)

This plan documents the strategic, systematic practices of procuring, operating, inspecting, maintaining, rehabilitating and replacing WSF capital assets. It supports WSF efforts to manage capital asset performance, risks and costs over their lifecycles in order to provide safe, cost-effective and reliable public transportation.

Hybrid Electric Propulsion Conversion Project (pdf 533 kb)

WSF conducted two hybrid conversion studies (below) and concluded a conversion of three Jumbo Mark II vessels would be fiscally, environmentally, and operationally advantageous. Subsequently, in 2018, the Legislature included $600,000 for WSF to develop a request for proposal (RFP) to convert these vessels to hybrid-electric propulsion.

Hybrid Electric Conversion Studies
WSF commissioned two hybrid electric conversion studies in 2018 for its Jumbo Mark II vessels.

Hybrid System Integration:

Hybrid Charging Feasibility:

M/V Tacoma Board of Inquiry Report
A Board of Inquiry was appointed to investigate the chain of events that caused a full loss of power on the Tacoma on July 29, 2014. The report identifies the causes and contributing factors, recommends corrective action and captures lessons learned.
Full report (pdf 4.35 mb)
Photos (pdf 2.49 mb)
Photos (pdf 3.52 mb)
Attachments 1 (pdf 3.22 mb)
Attachments 2 (pdf 3.41 mb)
Attachments 3 (pdf 4.59 mb)
Marine Root Cause Analysis Map (pdf 1.17 mb)

Compass Magazine
This limited-edition magazine commemorates the end of WSF's 60th anniversary.
Part 1 (pdf 3.3 mb)
Part 2 (pdf 1.3 mb)
Part 3 (pdf 4.9 mb)

2013 Origin-Destination Survey

WSF conducts origin-destination surveys every six to seven years as a way to accurately capture and measure the travel patterns of ferry passengers.

Marketing and Advertising

Learn more about advertising opportunities at WSF and marketing initiatives to improve customer service, transform the WSF brand, and rebuild ridership.

Vessel Building Progress

WSF is moving forward to build new ferries to improve the safety and efficiency of WSF's fleet and provide safe, reliable service to our customers. Get updates on current vessel building activities.

Environmental Program

Through innovative environmental programs and partnerships with maritime stakeholders, WSF is conserving fuel, reducing pollution and saving taxpayers' dollars. Learn more about WSF's environmental commitment and environmental programs.

Accountability and On-Time Performance

WSDOT's accountability challenge is to be a high performance organization credible and accountable to the Governor, Legislature, taxpayers, and transportation delivery partners across the state. The Ferries Division provides various reports that measure its performance and maintain transparency in its operations.

Traffic and Ridership Statistics

In step with making business information more accessible to the public, WSF posts ferry traffic and ridership statistics by route, passenger type, and vehicle type. Annual and quarterly reports are available.

Route Statements and Analysis, Fiscal Year 2017 (pdf 1.16 mb)

This document describes factors affecting the route statements for fiscal year 2016, and contains information regarding cost, ridership, and revenue trends over the past five years. The route statements appearing after the analysis show ridership, revenue, and cost data for each route, culminating in a "farebox recovery ratio," or what percentage of the route's total costs are paid for by customer fares.

WSDOT Ferries Division - overview and fact sheet (pdf 425 kb)

WSF is the nation's largest ferry system serving 24.5 million riders and 10.5 million vehicles each year. Learn more about the ferry system and the important services it provides for Washington State and the Puget Sound Region.

WSDOT Ferries Division Fleet Guide (pdf 2.08 mb)

WSF operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States with 22 ferries. The Ferry Fleet Guide is designed to answer vessel specific questions we are most frequently asked about our fleet.

A Comparison of Operational Performance


This 2010 report uses operational characteristics to demonstrate where WSF ranks amongst peers in the ferry industry. It compares eight measures of performance related to transit service quality and cost-efficiency between WSF and 23 ferry operators worldwide.

Updated Report on Fuel Cost Mitigation Plan (pdf 330 kb)

This 2011 report represents an integrated set of strategies to improve WSDOT budget protocols and reduce the amount of exposure WSDOT has to fuel price volatility. The strategies are envisioned to work together to create a comprehensive fuel cost mitigation plan.