WSF is often compared to the BC Ferry system for a variety of reasons. BC Ferries are facing many of the same issues we are grappling with including reduced levels of service, decreased ridership, rising fuel prices, and a call to make the system profitable. One notable difference however, is the fact that the BC system has already been partially privatized with negative results.
As we think about what steps we can take to work toward resolving ongoing concerns related to WSF, it would be worth our time to learn more about the current situation with the BC system to avoid making similar mistakes here. Begin with this article, which appeared last Monday on Canada.com and this article posted on 5/31/11.
Here are a few additional links to recent articles related to the BC system (thanks, Gordon Jonasson!)