Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan

Project news

Washington State Ferries submitted a Long Range Plan progress report 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.

Thank you for sharing your ideas for the Washington State Ferries 2040 Long Range Plan. We received 869 survey responses and 482 comments on priorities and issues to address in the plan. We heard overwhelming support for providing reliable service and managing growth in ridership. Participants also encouraged WSF to promote multimodal connections and improve the customer experience and technology. Check out the full Community Engagement Summary to learn more.

Missed the open houses? View all meeting materials at WSFLongRangePlan.com

Washington State Ferries (WSF) will release the draft plan for a 45-day public comment period and hold a second round of community meetings in Fall 2018. Sign-up to receive email updates to receive reminders about upcoming open houses.

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 by Jan. 1