Community participation

Community participation is at the core of decision making at Washington State Ferries. Riders and members of the public may attend virtual community meetings, reach out to their Ferry Advisory Committees with feedback or direct questions and comments to our communications staff at WSFComms@wsdot.wa.gov.

Public meetings

Each year, we host two rounds of public meetings to engage and inform those we serve.

June 2024

We are hosting two virtual community meetings in June 2024. Both meetings will cover the same material. WSF leadership will update the public on the latest information from the organization. The majority of the meeting time will be devoted to answering questions from participants.

Registration:

January 2024

We held two virtual community meetings in January 2024. Both meetings covered the same material, beginning with a presentation focused on our Service Contingency Plan, recruitment and workforce development, our budget, system electrification and terminal improvements. The remaining time was devoted to answering questions from participants.

Recordings:

San Juan Islands schedule improvement

The San Juan Islands sailing schedule needs to be updated to improve on-time performance and reliability and to align with the reservations program that started in 2015. Current seasonal sailing schedules have not been updated in 10-15 years. WSF launched a schedule update process that includes broad community engagement and established a task force to provide advice and recommendations on sailing schedule changes. For more information check out our project page

Fauntleroy terminal project

Community participation and engagement are important in guiding our early planning efforts for our SR 160 - Fauntleroy Terminal - Trestle & Transfer Span Replacement project.

Ferry Advisory Committees

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

  • Provide us input 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 with us twice each year 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.

166,800 electric vehicle

registrations in Washington in 2023, up from 114,600 in 2022.

87 wetland compensation sites

actively monitored on 918 acres in 2023.

25,000 safe animal crossings

in the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area since 2014.