08/28/2018: "State Ferries Long Range Plan"
Washington State Ferries (WSF) will release the Draft Long Range Plan for a 45-day public comment period and hold a second round of community meetings in Fall 2018. The public is asked to come to scheduled open house meetings to comment on the plan. Locations and times are as follows:
• 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
Can’t make it in person? Participate in their online open house from September 10 ��" October 25. Sign-up to receive email updates to receive reminders about upcoming open houses.
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:
o Consider demographic trends and ridership forecasts
o Look at the condition of the ferry fleet, terminals, and access to them
o Evaluate our work force and operations
o Identify opportunities to use new technology and prepare for climate change
o Review and update performance measures
• The 2009 Long Range Plan presented a vision for the future of the ferry system. What have we accomplished?
o Studied and launched vehicle reservations
o Improved customer web experience for easier trip planning
o Started construction on the new Mukilteo ferry terminal and Colman Dock
o Implemented pricing strategies to maximize use of vehicles space
o Built six new ferries with the next Olympic Class ferry scheduled for completion in 2018