The Washington Ferry Coalition brings together people 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.

Give Your Input on Wash. State Ferries Long-Range Plan

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 express support for Washington State Ferries’ Draft Long-Range Plan (LRP).

The draft LRP, released Sept. 10 for public comment, says five additional ferries are needed to stabilize the fleet and ensure system reliability. Public comments on the draft LRP can be submitted through Oct. 25 by mail, email and online, and either in writing or verbally at 11 open houses Washington State Ferries (WSF) is hosting in ferry communities.

It’s important to express support for the draft Long-Range Plan to make sure there is no question about the need and support for building additional ferries as soon as possible.

The draft LRP says the new ferries should be added to the fleet by extending the existing ferry-build contract. If the contract is not extended, at least seven years would pass before a new ferry could be built and delivered under the current acquisition processes, the LRP says.

WSF typically attempts to get 60 years of useful life out of its vessels. However, the LRP indicates that the size and composition of the current fleet is not sufficient to minimize service disruptions for emergency repairs and scheduled maintenance for aging vessels. As a result, many vessels in the existing fleet are not projected to meet their projected 60-year life expectancy.

Comments on the draft LRP can be submitted as follows:

  • Online at http://www.WSFLongRangePlan.com
  • Email to [email protected]
  • Mail to Washington State Ferries, Attn: Ray Deardorf, 2901 3rd Ave. Suite 500, Seattle WA 98121
  • Verbally or in writing at open houses 9/12 on Vashon Island, 9/13 in Port Orchard, 9/17 in Seattle, 9/20 in Bremerton, 9/25 on Lopez Island, 9/26 in Friday Harbor, 10/3 in Freeland, 10/4 in Edmonds, 10/9 on Bainbridge Island, 10/10 in Port Townsend and 10/11 in Kingston.

See all the details of the 11 open houses, including time and location.