Puget Sound Passenger-Only Ferry Study

Initial Study Findings

The Puget Sound Regional Council is conducting a feasibility study of potential Passenger-Only Ferry service in the 12 counties surrounding Puget Sound and including Lake Washington and Lake Union.

The initial findings were presented in a webinar that you can watch below.

A three-tiered approach was used to narrow the prospective routes from 45 to approximately five routes that will undergo a more thorough feasibility analysis.

The criteria used in tier one was confined waterways and land use compatibility. In tier two, routes were examined for their travel time savings and community interest.  At tier three, potential routes and terminals were reviewed for commute and discretionary ridership potential, modal connections, resiliency, and operational consideration.

The short list of routes that may undergo further analysis are:

  • Bellingham to Friday Harbor
  • Lake Washington options – Kirkland/UW, Kenmore/UW, Renton/UW and Renton/South Lake Union
  • Tacoma to Seattle
  • Gig Harbor to Seattle
  • Suquamish to Seattle OR South Whidbey to Everett

The decision on the final routes to undergo more detailed analysis will be made shortly and a draft study will be released in October 2020. This will be presented in another webinar. The final report is due to the Legislature in January 2021.