The Washington State Ferries system has been examined and its ability to cope with the increasing traffic has been assessed. The ferry capacity for passenger promises to be adequate to cope with the forecast growth over the next ten years but auto traffic capacity is already nearly saturated at peak times in summer. The distances involved on most of the routes are sufficiently large to make the time savings from introducing fast ferries of the hydrofoil or hovercraft type interesting, particularly to the commuter. The present study was required to investigate the possible application of these new types of craft to the ferry system. The characteristic features and behaviour of hovercraft and hydrofoils are described in general. The details of layout, cost and performance are given for all types of these craft at present available for civil ferry operations or now in course of construction. Examples of the terminal facilities required are discussed and the maintenance and operating procedures described. The economics of the possible operation of these new high speed craft on the Washington State Ferries is assessed and compared with the economics of the present conventional ferries.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This study was commissioned jointly by the Washington State Highway Commission and the Joint Committee on Highways.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Hoverprojects Limited

    Bowering Building, Tower Place
    London EC3,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1969

Media Info

  • Pagination: 188 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00048108
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1978 12:00AM