Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan

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Washington State Ferries (WSF) has released the Draft Long Range Plan for a 45-day public comment period. The Draft Plan builds upon WSF’s 2009 Long Range Plan as directed by the Washington State Legislature. The plan addresses four major themes: reliable service, customer experience, managing growth, and sustainability and resilience.

Review and comment on the draft plan at our online open house through October 25 or attend one of our 11 open houses (pdf 718 kb).

  • Vashon Island
    • Wednesday, September 12, 6-8 p.m.
    • Vashon Island High School, 9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon Island
  • Southworth
    • Thursday, September 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Harper Church, 10384 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard
  • Fauntleroy
    • Monday, September 17, 5-7 p.m.
    • Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Avenue SW, Seattle
  • Bremerton
    • Thursday, September 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    • Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Bremerton
  • Lopez Island
    • Tuesday, September 25, 4-6 p.m.
    • Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, 204 Village Road, Lopez Island
  • San Juan Island
    • Wednesday, September 26, 4-6 p.m.
    • Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor
  • Whidbey Island
    • Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Freeland Hall, 1515 Shoreview Drive, Freeland
  • Edmonds
    • Thursday, October 4, 6-8 p.m.
    • Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds
  • Bainbridge Island
    • Tuesday, October 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Bainbridge Island Senior Center, 370 Brien Drive SE., Bainbridge Island
  • Port Townsend
    • Wednesday, October 10, 5-7 p.m.
    • Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend
  • Kingston
    • Thursday, October 11, 6-8 p.m.
    • Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

Watch a brief video about how to participate in the comment period here

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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.

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.

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

  • 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 

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