The Washington Ferry Coalition brings together ferry riders, community organizations and businesses that recognize the importance of an efficient ferry system to fill the transportation needs of Western Washington and serve as an economic asset for the entire state.

Dear Ferry Stakeholders – 2019 legislative session update

We greatly appreciate your interest and support to successfully address key ferry issues during the 2019 legislative session. We are very thankful for the Legislature’s commitment in the 2019-2021 Transportation Budget to begin implementing the results of the WSF Long Range Plan and begin to replace aging boats and improve the overall health of the ferry system.

The budget and related legislation extends the new construction contract for up to five new ferries and includes funding to start construction on the first new hybrid-electric 144-car ferry, the conversion of an existing ferry to hybrid-electric, and funding for planning work needed to prepare for hybrid-electric vessel terminal charging investments. These are very important actions to improve the ferry system and serve our ferry communities and all users of the marine highway system. Your input into the Long Range Plan process and legislative session was instrumental to the significant progress made this session.

Final transportation budget documents may be found here.

Thank you,
WA Ferry Coalition