Ferry Passenger and Vehicle Boarding Counts

Passenger and Vehicle Boarding Counts by State

In 2022, ferry operations transported a reported total of 91.6 million passengers and 22.6 million vehicles within and to the United States and its territories. Washington and New York states carried the most passengers, 23.6 and 23.2 million passengers, respectively. Washington state also transported 10.8 million vehicles, over half of the total reported vehicles (47.8 percent).

Note: For these calculations, passengers and vehicles were counted by their boarding terminal's location.

Number of Operators by Passengers/Vehicles Carried

Of the 88 operators who reported carrying any passengers, the majority (76.1 percent) carried between 10,000 and 1,000,000 passengers. There was a lot of variation in the number of passengers with a maximum of 17.4 million for one operator and a minimum of 670 for one operator.
Of the 55 operators who reported carrying any vehicles, the majority (80 percent) carried between 10,000 and 1,000,000 vehicles. There was a lot of variation in the number of vehicles with a maximum of 8.6 million for one operator and a minimum of 1,060 for one operator.
In terms of total passengers and vehicles, Washington State Ferries had the highest for both. The vessels run by this operator carried a total of 17.4 million passengers and 8.6 million vehicles.
The New York State DOT accounted for the second highest number of passengers with 13.6 million passengers.
The Texas Department of Transportation carried the second highest number of vehicles with 2.1 million vehicles.

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