Washington State Ferry System Benefits

Selkirk Sentinel

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Washington State operates the largest ferry system in the United States. The ferry system connects many commuters in the outlying areas to the metropolis of Seattle as well as other outlying areas such as Tacoma and Bellevue.

One of the more significant benefits of the ferry system is the boon to the economy. The ferry system helps tourists to explore regions of the state that they may not otherwise be able to visit due to the travel time and prohibitive cost of transportation.

By offering a convenient and enjoyable mode of transportation, the ferry system attracts visitors and boosts the economy in some of the smaller towns in which the ferry stops. As a proponent of supporting small businesses, the ferry system is on the cutting edge of the tourist economy of Washington state.

Restaurants and shops near the ferry terminals create a wide array of opportunities for small businesses to capitalize on Washington State's tourism. Connecting Whidbey Island to the mainland offers tourists a fun day trip to explore Fort Casey, a former army fort Fort Caseydecommissioned in the 1950s.

Visitors can visit the fort and go inside some of the bunkers, look out over the ocean, and see what soldiers at the fort once saw. Picturesque photo opportunities abound here, allowing visitors plenty of great opportunities to take photos for future reference.

Without the ferry system, residents and tourists alike would have to drive all the way around the peninsula to see any of these locations. The ferry system reduces travel time and commutes for employees who work in the state of Washington.

Job opportunities within the ferry system help to reduce the unemployment rate in Washington State, thus improving the economy. This helps to contribute to the communities and development of the state.

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