Passenger-Only Ferries

Foot Ferry Of The Future

Bruce Agnew was on KOMO – 4 TV to talk about ferries, car tabs, and cleaning up Puget Sound. You can watch the video here.

A Lot To Gain From Passenger-only Ferry Service

Passenger-only ferries should be crisscrossing the Salish Sea, breaching political boundaries in Puget Sound, as they did when Native American and First Nation tribes used these waterways for trading and socializing. Regional funding can support joint car and passenger ferry docks, terminals and maintenance facilities. It can leverage private capital investment, relieving the beleaguered ferry capital budget for long-ignored terminals, Read More ›

State Ferries: A Future Focus

This article, published by Seattle PI, mentions Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: So how do we pay for this new transit system? Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Center For Regional Development at the Discovery Institute, suggests considering a small increase in the motor vehicle excise tax. He also has called for regional transportation funding and control. The rest of Read More ›


Welcome, new visitors and old friends. If you’ve landed here after reading our Sunday, Feb. 10 op-ed in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer titled, “Imagine A Network Of Foot Ferries,” you’ll find the additional links below worth exploring. Cascadia contact information at bottom. Principles For An Interlocal Agreement On Expanded Puget Sound Passenger-Only Ferry Service,” Cascadia Center, 12/07. KIRO-7 TV report on Read More ›

Imagine A Network Of Foot Ferries – Our Century’s “Forward Thrust” For Puget Sound

Over the holidays, lucky travelers got a “back to the future” moment on the Salish Sea when Washington State Ferries provided direct passenger-only service — on the mothballed MV Snohomish — between downtown Seattle and the iconic seaside town of Port Townsend. The temporary route began after the state pulled the old Steel Electric car ferries off the Port Townsend-Whidbey Read More ›

Memorandum Brief: Principles For An Interlocal Agreement On Expanded Puget Sound Passenger-Only Ferry Service

Addressed to the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council’s Puget Sound Leadership Ferry Summit, Friday December 7, 2007, Bremerton, WA, by Cascadia Center For Regional Development, Discovery Institute. Contact: Bruce Agnew, Director, 206-292-0401 x 113, 206-228-4011 (c), IN JULY 2003, ABOARD an Argosy vessel, Cascadia Center launched the Puget Sound Passenger Ferry Coalition, with the aim of developing alliances to expand Read More ›

Regional Transport: Much Can Be Done Right Now

All around Puget Sound — in corporate boardrooms, environmental caucuses, labor halls and neighborhood coffeehouses — people are wondering about the future of transportation following the resounding thumping the Proposition 1 roads-and-transit ballot measure took on Nov. 6. As an independent transportation think tank, we’ve spent the year bringing new ideas on regional transportation to Puget Sound Business Journal readers Read More ›

King County To Launch New Passenger-Only Ferry Plan

The Seattle region is blessed with a tremendous natural endowment which doubles as a crucial piece of transportation infrastructure – Puget Sound. State and Pierce County car ferries already ply the Sound, as do a mix of public and commercial, privately-operated passenger-only vessels in King, Snohomish, Whatcom and San Juan counties. For the Puget Sound region, passenger-only ferries on the Read More ›

Testimony In Support Of King County Passenger-Only Ferry District

Written Testimony To King County Council On Draft Operational Plan For King County Passenger-Only Ferry District, from Cascadia Center For Regional Development, Seattle. Contact: Matt Rosenberg, Senior Fellow, Nov. 13, 2007. (Cascadia also provided in-person testimony at a Nov. 8th public hearing). INTRODUCTION This testimony is in response to the King County Ferry District’s draft operational plan published Nov. Read More ›

Prop. 1 Defeat: News & Opinion Round-up

(Last updated Dec. 3, 2007) Indexed below are selected news and opinion articles on Puget Sound regional transportation, following the defeat of Prop. 1 on Nov. 6, with links, from least recent to most recent. They are preceeded by a link to Cascadia Center’s Transportation Action Plan for Puget Sound. CASCADIA CENTER’S TRANSPORTATION ACTION PLAN FOR PUGET SOUND Transportation Action Read More ›