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The project logo Guemes Ferry Replacement Survey

The project logo Guemes Ferry Replacement Survey

Skagit County has operated a vehicle and passenger ferry service between Anacortes and Guemes Island since the early 1960s. The current vessel, the M/V Guemes, is a 21-vehicle, 99-passenger, diesel-powered ferry that was built and put into service in 1979. Today, the ferry operates 365 days a year and transports roughly 200,000 vehicles and 400,000 passengers annually.

In 2013, Skagit County began studying vessel replacement. The resulting study looked at the existing cost of operation and a variety of replacement scenarios to determine the most economic option. The conclusion was that immediate or near-term replacement of the vessel will minimize ownership costs and provide environmental benefits.

The Skagit County Commissioners' vision is to replace the M/V Guemes with an all-electric, battery-powered vessel. Skagit County hired Glosten, a naval architecture firm from Seattle, in August 2017 to complete work on a design study, propulsion trade-off analysis, concept and preliminary design. Glosten has been tasked with helping Skagit County determine if all-electric propulsion is operationally and economically viable. Early design will be complete by December 31, 2017.

Your input is very important to the Ferry Replacement Project. We would appreciate you taking the time to complete the following survey.

About the survey

There are a total of 10 questions in this survey; ideally participants would respond to all of them. Most questions allow you to see how other people have answered as soon as you make a selection. Some questions that have multiple answers require you to click "view responses" in order to see the tally of responses. You can also share your thoughts and ideas; comments made by people taking the survey are available following the question. If there are questions that Skagit County can address, you will see responses from either Bronlea Mishler or Rachel Rowe. At the very end of the survey (after you've scrolled all the way down to the bottom of the page), you will be able to submit responses for the entire survey. 

Note: if you have already taken the survey, your device will remember this and each time you open the survey, your results will come up. This allows you to continue commenting and chatting while remaining anonymous (in other words, you don't have to create a user account).

Thank you for participating.

Ridership information

Skagit County wants to learn more about our riders and how you use the ferry.

* Where do you live?
Guemes Island (full-time)
52%
Guemes Island (seasonal/part-time)
21%
Outside Skagit County
14%
Anacortes
8%
Mount Vernon
3%
Skagit County/Other
2%
Burlington
0%
Sedro-Woolley
0%
Closed to responses | 328 Responses
What is your age?
65+
42%
55-64
32%
35-44
11%
45-54
10%
25-34
4%
20-24
2%
19 and Under
0%
Closed to responses | 320 Responses
How do you primarily use the ferry?
Most of the time I am in a vehicle
67%
Most of the time I walk on
24%
I don't ride the ferry very often
5%
Most of the time I ride my bicycle
4%
Most of the time I ride my motorcycle
0%
Closed to responses | 319 Responses
What are the primary reasons you use the ferry? (Select all that apply.)
Running errands (groceries, banking, etc.)
58%
Leisure/recreation activities
55%
Appointments (doctor visits, meetings, etc.)
36%
Commute to work/school/volunteer
21%
For business (service provider/contractor)
9%
Closed to responses | 273 Responses
During a typical week, how many round-trips do you take on the ferry?
4 trips or less
78%
5-10 trips
20%
11-15 trips
2%
More than 15 trips
0%
Closed to responses | 300 Responses
How many times per week do lengthy ferry lines and/or wait times cause you to cancel or postpone a trip?
never
57%
less than 2 times per week
39%
3-5 times per week
4%
more than 6 times per week
0%
Closed to responses | 298 Responses

New vessel ideas

These questions are designed to help us understand what you'd like to see in a new ferry.

What do you think is the most important thing Skagit County should consider when designing a new ferry?
Reliability
60%
Cost/affordability
15%
Environmentally friendly
14%
More capacity for vehicles & motorcycles
9%
More capacity for walk-ons & bicycles
1%
Quietness
1%
Closed to responses | 296 Responses
I support an all-electric vessel to replace the current ferry.
Strongly agree
45%
Agree
26%
Neutral
21%
Strongly disagree
5%
Disagree
3%
Closed to responses | 297 Responses

New ferry service improvements

A new ferry means opportunities to improve our level of service. These questions help us get a better understanding of the current ferry service, and what improvements we should prioritize in the future.

In order of priority, what system improvements should Skagit County focus on? (Click to rank OR drag to rearrange your answers.)
Closed to responses | 187 Responses
A new vessel (of any type) OR improvements to ferry service could raise fares. I would support higher fares if: (Select all that apply.)
The vessel is all-electric
51%
There are fewer service disruptions
50%
There are more trips per day
39%
The wait times are shorter
30%
There are electronic ticketing options
24%
Other (please let us know in the comments)
9%
Closed to responses | 216 Responses