Islanders for Ferry Action
WHAT IS ISLANDERS FOR FERRY ACTION?
The Vashon Chamber of Commerce convened a working group in September, 2023, now called Islanders for Ferry Action (IFA). It's comprised of concerned business owners, parents, and other islanders dedicated to identifying and lobbying for solutions to chronic ferry service disruptions.
IFA recognizes that the causes of the service disruptions are deeply-rooted and have been a long time developing. We are committed to working together with islanders not just on Vashon, but with all ferry-served communities who want to participate to discover and implement creative, real-world solutions that will help Washington residents stay on the move.
Read our November, 2023 Community Report, which compiles input from over three-hundred Vashon residents and other ferry-served communities. The solutions-oriented report is a synthesis of thousands of community problem statements and solution suggestions. It outlines the real world impacts to several key constituency groups on Vashon; emergency services and public health, students and schools, small business owners, and frequent commuters.
HOW CAN I TELL MY STORY?
One of our top priorities is gathering stories to share that illustrate the variety of impacts ferry service disruptions create. It's not just long lines – it’s stranded kids, missed medical treatments, lost wages and revenue, missing important life events - the impacts are real, severe, and deeply affect our quality of life. Please consider sharing your story with us. We will use your words and experiences to better tell our stories in the media and to the legislators and policy makers who have the power to implement solutions. Click here to share your story.
WHAT CAN I DO?
It will take all of us working together to win short-term and long-term solutions. Click here to join our email list to receive relevant action and information updates. You will only receive emails specifically related to WSF organizing efforts.
Click here to sign the petition! Add your name and help us demonstrate how many people in our community are affected by ferry disruptions.
Click here for our action sheet that includes contact information for legislators and agency decision-makers. Before you call or email decision-makers, click here to read fast-facts about the 2023 WSF Service Restoration Plan, and about the 2022 Washington Legislature report on WSF.
Read the Seattle Times editorial calling on Governor Inslee to take action now.
Chamber of Commerce 2023 business survey results: learn more about how WSF service disruptions impact our economy.
Click here to read the WSF report and proposals for potential changes to the Fauntleroy dock.
Every great political movement needs a theme song - click play below to hear Chris Anderson's "Waiting for a Ferry"