Doug Richardson
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Pierce County Ferry riders invited to take two surveys on ferry use

Pierce County Ferry riders are invited to take an onboard survey during each of their sailings on March 17, 19, 21 and 22 to share information about their trip as part of the ferry system’s Waterborne Transportation Study.The on-board survey began yesterday and is being passed out on sailings Thursday, March 19th, and on all sailings on Saturday, March 21st, and Sunday, March 22. The surveys should be returned before or as riders disembark.

Riders will be asked for information such as the reason for their trip, what type of fare they purchased, how they boarded the ferry, and how they will reach their ultimate destination. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Residents of Anderson and Ketron islands, along with those who own property on the islands, will be asked to take a separate survey online by March 27 to share information about household demographics, how they use the ferry, and current ferry service. These individuals will soon receive a postcard that looks like the picture above. It will have instructions on how to access that survey. If you are a resident or property owner on Anderson or Ketron Islands and have not received a code by March 18th, please contact Melanie Mayock at or (206) 493-2391.

This is a separate survey from the on-board version being conducted March 17th, 19th, 21st and 22nd. Please take both surveys. 

These surveys are part of the Waterborne Transportation Study. During the study, Pierce County will analyze:

  • Population and demographic changes projected through 2034
  • Identify changes to ferry service that would enhance island economic vitality and livability
  • Evaluate the financial sustainability of the ferry system
  • Evaluate the 14-year capital needs of the ferry system
The 10-member advisory group  made up of stakeholders including ferry riders, residents from both islands, and representatives from the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island Fire and Rescue, and Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1. have been actively involved in the survey development process with BERK Consulting, the firm that has been hired to lead the study on Pierce County’s behalf. 

Information collected from both surveys will help Pierce County better understand the perspectives of Anderson and Ketron island residents, property owners and other users of the ferry system on a range of issues related to near and long-term planning for ferry operations. Visit for more information about the study.
For more information about the ferry system, please visit or contact Valerie Thorsen at or (253) 798-2428.

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