Washington State Ferries:
2018 Challenges and Opportunities
Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division
Today, Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24 million people a year through the most majestic scenery in the world. But the Ferries face a variety of challenges including implementing a vessel replacement strategy, ensuring reliability of service, managing ridership growth, integrating green technology, and replacing an aging workforce.
Amy Scarton was appointed Ferry System director in January 2017. Amy has worked in the transportation industry both in Washington State and Washington DC. Highlights of her background include: senior roles in both the Obama and Bush administrations at U.S. Department of Transportation; legal counsel to former Chairman James Oberstar of the U.S. House of Representatives Highway and Transit Subcommittee; and managing the WSDOT offices that support the agencies' rail, freight, aviation, local programs, planning, and public transportation activities. Amy is also a member of the Seattle Propeller Club.