The Washington Ferry Coalition exists to support reliable and sustainable ferry service as an essential component of the state’s transportation system.
We advocate for critical funding and support for Washington State Ferries (WSF), which provides the vessels, infrastructure and personnel needed to maintain the ferry fleet as a lifeline that connects communities, residents, businesses, commuters, and many other individuals and organizations across Puget Sound and on the state’s marine highways.
A significant portion of WSF’s current 21-vessel fleet is due to be retired and replaced. WSF’s 2040 Long Range Plan calls for building five new Olympic Class ferries as soon as possible. These new ferries and future replacements will be built with electric-hybrid propulsion for better environmental performance and reliability. Also, six current vessels that run on diesel will be converted to plug-in hybrids. With the installation of terminal charging equipment, this new, greener fleet would achieve a 50 percent reduction in emissions and annual fuel consumption compared to today’s fleet.
The Washington State Legislature is considering a comprehensive statewide transportation package that includes funding for vessel construction and conversion to ensure the reliability and improve the performance of the ferry system. One new ferry is under construction, but approval of the transportation package is needed to complete the vessel, move forward with conversion and additional construction, and meet other vital transportation needs across the state.
The Washington Ferry Coalition urges its members, business organizations, ferry communities, transportation advocates and all others who care about an effective and reliable state transportation system to show their support for additional ferry construction funding.