National Census of Ferry Operators (NCFO)


  • The National Census of Ferry Operators (NCFO) is a biennial census of all ferry operators operating within the United States and its territories. 
  • The information collected from the census is maintained in a national ferry database containing information regarding ferry routes, terminals, vessels, operator funding sources, as well as the number of passengers and vehicles carried and more. 
  • To date the BTS has conducted the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 NCFO.
  • The data collection for the 2022 NCFO will begin on April 1, 2022.  The 2022 NCFO will collect 2021 operational ferry data.

Please visit https://www.bts.gov/ncfo for more information about the NCFO and for access to the ferry data, visualizations, and our newest interactive ferry map.