Snow a major factor in 2019 state ferry ridership drop

New storm schedules ready to go for 2020 winter snow


Last updated 1/16/2020 at 9:44am

Brian Soergel

A ferry heads to Kingston from Edmonds, passing by the fishing pier.

For the first time in seven years, annual ridership aboard Washington State Ferries declined in 2019, dropping by 800,000 customers – 3.2% – to 23.9 million.

That included the Edmonds-Kingston run.

WSF, in a news release, reports that severe winter weather, construction in and around ferry terminals, and increased ferry and transit options, are considered the main reasons for the decrease.

More than a third of the year-to-year decline came in February, when several snowstorms hit the Puget Sound region, causing many people to cancel or delay travel plans.

During that time, there were o...

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