Bremerton Stars in Ferry Ridership ReportApril 25th, 2008 by ed friedrich
It’s always kind of fun to look at the ferry ridership stats.
WSF puts them out every quarter and then a final at the end of the
year. The 2007 numbers are out, and the first thing I noticed was
that Bremerton is the only route to gain riders over the year
In 2006, if I remember correctly, there was a slight gain in total riders in the system, the first gain since fares started going up dramatically in 2000. This year was ahead of last year through June, said planning director Ray Deardorf, but then there were the service disruptions caused by the retirement of four steel-electric boats in November.
2007 wound up falling 1.2 percent off of 2006′s pace. Bremerton was the only route to show an increase — 3.5 percent — outside of a miniscule gain for the international boat. Ferry officials couldn’t immediately explain it.
Bainbridge traffic fell 0.7 percent for the year, Kingston 1 percent, Southworth-Fauntleroy7 2.4 percent, Southworth-Vashon 9 percent and Port Townsend-Keystone a whopping but understandable 11.8 percent.
I don’t have an answer for the Bremerton gain. It had the same boats — a super and Issaquah boat — as the year before. Anybody have an explanation?