People forget that Washington state ferries were once a private enterprise. The state stepped in when Puget Sound Navigation proposed a 30% fare increase, then brought its ferry service to a halt when the request was refused (read more here).
Some folks are calling for partial or complete privatization of WSF. The BC ferry system is partially privatized, much to the dismay of residents who rely on the system. Here are a couple of recent articles readers may find of interest related to this topic.
Are Ferry Execs Hosing Tax Payers? (Note: The full title is misleading. The article actually suggests it’s BC execs who are hosing the public.)