Propeller Club<br />April  20, 2011<br />
Washington State Ferries<br /><ul><li>More than 22 million riders per year
More than 10 million vehicles carried per year
Fleet of 21 auto-passenger ferries
Operates 20 terminals on 9 routes
450 sailings per day</li></li></ul><li>Washington State Ferries<br />
Washington State Ferries<br />WSF wears many hats:<br />Transit agency<br />Marine highway<br />Link in region’s multimoda...
WSF is a world leader<br />A 2010 University of Washington study compared WSF to other world ferry systems. WSF is the<br ...
Washington State Ferries<br />Challenges – Financial<br />Total two-year budget $746.7 million<br />$425.9 million for ope...
Washington State Ferries<br />Challenges - Infrastructure<br /><ul><li>Escalating construction costs
Aging vessels – average age is 34 years
Aging terminals – dating back to 1950s</li></li></ul><li>Washington State Ferries<br />Challenges – Recent History<br />Sy...
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David Moseley, Assistant Secretary, WSDOT Ferries Division presentation to the Seattle Propeller Club on April 20, 2011.

WSF is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Counties served include Pierce, King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Jefferson Counties.

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Washington State Ferries

  1. 1. Propeller Club<br />April 20, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Washington State Ferries<br /><ul><li>More than 22 million riders per year
  3. 3. More than 10 million vehicles carried per year
  4. 4. Fleet of 21 auto-passenger ferries
  5. 5. Operates 20 terminals on 9 routes
  6. 6. 450 sailings per day</li></li></ul><li>Washington State Ferries<br />
  7. 7. Washington State Ferries<br />WSF wears many hats:<br />Transit agency<br />Marine highway<br />Link in region’s multimodal connections<br />Mover of freight and goods<br />Tourist attraction<br />
  8. 8. WSF is a world leader<br />A 2010 University of Washington study compared WSF to other world ferry systems. WSF is the<br />largest system in the United States<br />fourth largest carrier of passengers annually<br />largest carrier of vehicles annually<br />
  9. 9. Washington State Ferries<br />Challenges – Financial<br />Total two-year budget $746.7 million<br />$425.9 million for operations and maintenance<br />$318.4 million for capital<br />Farebox recovery<br />70.5% in FY 2010<br />Avg. cost per rider $9.22<br />Avg. subsidy per rider $2.72<br />
  10. 10. Washington State Ferries<br />Challenges - Infrastructure<br /><ul><li>Escalating construction costs
  11. 11. Aging vessels – average age is 34 years
  12. 12. Aging terminals – dating back to 1950s</li></li></ul><li>Washington State Ferries<br />Challenges – Recent History<br />System is financially unsustainable at current expenditure and revenue levels<br />Loss of Motor Vehicle Excise Tax in the year 2000<br />Higher fares – up about 80% in ten years – Cross Sound fare examples for vehicle/driver<br />$6.50 in 2000<br />$11.85 in 2010<br />Service Reductions<br />Elimination or transfer of passenger-only service<br />Winter and off peak reductions in service<br />Transfers from other transportation accounts: more than $850 million<br />Decline of Ridership - 26.8 million in 1999; 22.5 million in 2010<br />
  13. 13. Washington State Ferries<br />Operating Costs<br />
  14. 14. Washington State Ferries<br />Challenges – Average Fuel Prices<br />$1.16/gallon in 2004<br />$3.05/gallon in 2008; Peak $4.56/gallon<br />$3.82/gallon currently<br />FY 2000 Fuel Cost: $15.6 million<br />FY 2011 Fuel Budget: $56.5 million<br />
  15. 15. Washington State Ferries<br />In Summary<br />Large, complicated multi-route system<br />Diverse ridership<br />Active reform efforts continue<br />Challenges are financial sustainability and recapitalizing the fleet<br />
  16. 16. Washington State Ferries<br />Contact information<br />David Moseley<br />Assistant Secretary<br />WSDOT Ferries Division<br />206-515-3401<br />moseled@wsdot.wa.gov<br />

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