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The project logo Guemes Ferry Service Objectives & Cost Survey

The project logo Guemes Ferry Service Objectives & Cost Survey

How can we make your ferry experience better?

In the previous Operations & Service survey, you told us what service options you were most interested in:

  • Eliminating the midday service gap
  • Adding later evening runs
  • Offering online ticket sales

These are the options that we'll address in more detail in this survey. We'll also ask about your interest in parking improvements on the Guemes side. This is part of the work Skagit County is doing with BERK Consulting and KPFF Consulting Engineers, and will result in two packages of system improvement options that will be presented to the Skagit County Board of Commissioners in early 2020. Both options will prioritize maintaining two round-trips per hour. 

  • Package 1: Service improvements that can be attained with minimum investment

  • Package 2: Additional service improvements that come at a higher cost 

The last day the survey is open, and the deadline for additional comments about ferry operations, is Dec. 5, 2019. Additional comments can be sent by email to [email protected].

About the survey

In the bar above, you will see three steps. The first step is to read and complete the six survey questions below. You will know your response has been submitted when you see "You responded" at the bottom of each question. When you are finished answering the survey questions, click the green "Continue" button at the bottom of the page.

Once you click "Continue," you will proceed to step two in the bar above, where you can share your thoughts & ideas. If you don't have comments, you can click on "Finish" in the bar above. Comments are anonymous and visible to all survey takers.

Once you click "Finish" in the bar above, you can click the green "Finish Survey" button to complete the survey.

About the cost estimates

Rough fare estimates are provided to inform your responses. Each service improvement option could have an impact on ALL ticket prices, including punch cards. The estimated fare increases were created by applying the costs proportionally to all ticket types. The rough estimates in the following questions are based on adult, single-ticket fares, and are rounded to the nearest $0.25. Selecting an option will not automatically result in a fare increase. Actual fare increases will be determined by policy and Board of Commissioner approval. Before you complete the survey, you may want to tally up the cost of all the options you choose in order to see the total estimated ticket price increase you have selected.

Where do you live? (Select one.)
Guemes Island (full-time)
58%
Guemes Island (part-time/seasonal)
25%
Outside Skagit County
7%
Anacortes
6%
Skagit County (not Guemes or Anacortes)
4%
Closed to responses | 436 Responses
How do you primarily use the ferry? (Select one.)
Most of the time I am in a vehicle.
51%
Most of the time I walk on.
24%
I drive on about as much as I walk on.
20%
I don't ride the ferry very often.
4%
Most of the time I ride my bicycle.
1%
Closed to responses | 432 Responses
Please review the options listed below for eliminating the midday service gap. (Select one.)

Reminder: Estimated fare increases would apply to ALL tickets. Fare increases to punch cards and discounted tickets would be applied proportionally.

Do not make any changes. Keep the current schedule at no additional cost per ticket.
58%
Offer one overload run from Anacortes and/or Guemes following the 11:15 a.m. run 7 days per week at a cost of up to $0.25 more per walk-on ticket and up to $0.75 more per car & driver ticket.
22%
Add one scheduled, guaranteed midday run 7 days per week at a cost of up to $0.75 more per walk-on ticket and up to $1.75 more per car & driver ticket.
21%
Closed to responses | 390 Responses
Please review the options listed below for evening service. (You may select more than one option. Each option would add to your total ticket price.)
Do not make any changes. Keep the current schedule at no additional cost per ticket.
55%
Add a 9 p.m. sailing Monday through Thursday only, at a cost of up to $0.25 more per walk-on ticket and up to $0.50 more per car & driver ticket.
29%
Add a Friday & Saturday midnight run at a cost of up to $0.25 more per walk-on ticket and $0.25 more per car & driver ticket.
22%
Add an 8:30 p.m. run on Sundays during nonpeak season at a cost of up to $0.25 per walk-on ticket and $0.25 more per car & driver ticket.
22%
Closed to responses | 381 Responses
Online ticketing could cost up to $0.75 more per a single adult walk-on ticket and up to $2.00 more per a single adult car & driver ticket. Punch cards and discounted tickets would increase proportionally. Based on the price of an adult single ticket, how much would you be willing to pay for online ticketing? (Select one.)
I would use online ticketing but do not want to pay this much for it.
49%
I would not use online ticketing even if it was free.
36%
I would pay up to $0.25 more per walk-on ticket and up to $1.00 more per car & driver ticket.
8%
I would pay up to $0.75 more per walk-on ticket and up to $2.00 more per car & driver ticket.
4%
I would pay up to $0.50 more per walk-on ticket and up to $1.50 more per car & driver ticket.
3%
Closed to responses | 387 Responses
To improve parking, the Guemes Island ferry parking lot would need to be resurfaced in order to add up to 15 more spaces, address drainage, and allow ADA accessibility features. This would be paid for by Skagit County (not with fares or surcharges). (Select one.)
Resurface with permeable pavement.
45%
Don't resurface. Leave the lot gravel.
37%
Resurface with impermeable pavement.
17%
Closed to responses | 388 Responses