Table 1: Extent of the U.S. Ferry System, 1999-2007

Table 1: Extent of the U.S. Ferry System, 1999-2007

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Year 1999 2005 2007
Census Year 2000 2006 2008
Ferry operators      
Responding to NCFO 224 230 213
Operators in service 224 230 208
With scheduled rutes 224 211 190
Ferry Fleet Size      
Vessels in service N/A N/A 680
Vessels not in service N/A N/A 36
Service status unknown N/A N/A 5
Total Fleet Size 677 690 721
U.S. Ferry Segments      
Interstate (State-to-State) 372 313 282
Intrastate (within a single State) 54 51 50
To/from international destinations 26 18 17
Total ferry segments 452 382 349
Total segment miles 12,367 9,788 7,877
Average segment length 31.4 30 22.6
Median segment length 6.7 5.8 6.9
Ferry Terminals      
U.S. ferry terminals with regular route Service 546 541 496
International terminals with service to/from the U.S. 30 15 12
Total 576 556 508

NOTES: Data cover ferry operations for the year preceeding the Census year.

Distances shown in this table are in statute miles.

The average segment length for 2000 and 2006 includes two long segments (1703 and 813 statute miles) operated by Foss Maritime and Alaska Railroad Ferries. These segments were not operated in 2008 resulting in much of the significant drop in the average segment length in 2008.

SOURCE: National Census of Ferry Operators, U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (2006 & 2008), Federal Highway Administration (2000). Data available at www.bts.gov.