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National Census of Ferry Operators Highlights

Release Number: 
DOT 84-17
Date: 
Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released the  2016 Highlights of Ferry Operations in the United States. Key findings from the 163 ferry operators that responded to the 2016 National Census of Ferry Operators (NCFO) indicated that 118.7 million passengers were carried on ferries in the U.S. and its territories in 2015. The reporting ferry operators provided service through 560 terminals on 880 unique route segments in 39 states, 2 U.S. territories, and 2 non-U.S. locations, using a fleet of almost 609 active vessels. Comprehensive results and visuals from the 2016 census, as well as data from previous censuses, can be found on the NCFO home page. The NCFO is a biennial census of all known ferry boat operations within the U.S. and its territories. Ferry operations included within the scope of the NCFO are those providing itinerant, fixed route, and common carrier passenger and/or vehicle ferry service. Media Contact: Dave Smallen (202) 366-5568.