Community participation

Community participation is at the core of decision making at Washington State Ferries. We are committed to having two-way discussions with the public through community meetings, our Ferry Advisory Committees and various speaking engagements.

Community meetings

Spring 2021 Community Meetings
WSF staff give a brief presentation on service updates, proposed tariff changes and the agency’s continued response to COVID-19.

To watch the meeting recordings, you’ll need to provide a name and email to sign into the GotoWebinar page.

Registration for the virtual meetings:

  • Register online for the 11 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, May 25, at:  bit.ly/WSFSpringMeeting1
  • Register online for the 6 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, May 26, at: bit.ly/WSFSpringMeeting2
  • Participants must provide a name and valid email address and have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
  • Once registered, participants will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to join the meeting.

Winter 2021 virtual community meetings
We discussed our continued response to COVID-19 and progress made on key projects in 2020.

Summer 2020 virtual community meeting
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we held a virtual community meeting to update and engage riders.

December 2019 virtual community meetings

For more information email WSFComms@wsdot.wa.gov.

Ferry Advisory Committees

Under state law, Ferry Advisory Committees are appointed by local elected officials to:

  • Provide input to WSF on problems experienced by riders and by ferry communities (RCW 47.60.310)
  • Participate in reviews of allocation of vessels to runs, schedules, and the adequacy of terminals (RCW 47.60.310 and RCW 47.60.300)
  • Participate in developing fares and fare policies (RCW 47.60.290 and RCW 47.60.300)
  • Review plans for changes to route service levels (RCW 47.60.330)
  • Participate in developing rider surveys with the Washington State Transportation Commission (RCW 47.60.286)
  • Review rider survey responses (RCW 47.60.290)
  • Participate in developing plans for capital and operating investments (RCW 47.06.050)
  • Meet twice each year with WSF as an executive committee to review ferry system issues (RCW 47.60.310)

Contact the FAC chair representing your community with suggestions or concerns about ferry service.

Speaking engagements

If you would like someone from WSF to come speak to your group or event, email WSFComms@wsdot.wa.gov. Our speakers include WSF Executive Team members, vessel and terminal management staff, design engineers, planning specialists and communications personnel.