The new plan will take into account demographic and ridership forecasts, the condition of the ferries and terminals, climate change, and new technologies. WSF expects ferry ridership to increase by 30 percent over the next two decades.
“The plan will serve as our blueprint for the next 20 years. It will outline service changes and recommend investments in vessels and terminals for resilient, efficient, and sustainable ferry service for years to come,” said Amy Scarton, WSF assistant secretary.
Nine open houses will be hosted over the next several weeks, including three in the South Sound area:
April 24, 6-8 p.m.
Vashon Island High School, 9600 SW 204th St., Vashon Island
April 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Ave., Bremerton
April 26, 6-8 p.m.
John Sedgwick Jr. High, 8995 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard
WSF’s Long Range Plan will be detailed at the open houses, questions will be answered, and those in attendance will be encouraged to provide feedback.
An online open house will be live from now until May 24 where residents can give input. WSF expects to deliver a final plan to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2019.