Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan

Project news

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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 September 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