Data collection for the 2020 National Census of Ferry Operators began in June. The biennial report includes information on vessels, routes, and passengers and vehicles carried. The government uses the data to set funding formulas. Here’s a comparison of some numbers from 2010 and 2018:

                                       2010                                       2018

Passengers                 103 million                             126.2 million

Vehicles                      37 million                               27 million

Fleet size                    652                                          739




Passengers             15.4 million                            27.5 million

Vehicles                   10 million                               11.5 million

New York

Passengers             11.6 million                            28.3 million

Vehicles                   2.6 million                              2.2 million

Source: National Census of Ferry Operators, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation

Dale DuPont has been a correspondent for WorkBoat since 1998. She has worked at daily and weekly newspapers in Texas, Maryland, and most recently as a business writer and editor at The Miami Herald, covering the cruise, marine and other industries. She and her husband once owned a weekly newspaper in Cooperstown, N.Y., across the alley from the Baseball Hall of Fame. A South Florida resident, she enjoys sailing on Biscayne Bay, except in hurricane season.