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National Census of Ferry Operators (NCFO)

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) conducts a biennial census of all ferry operators operating in the United States and its territories.  The information collected from the census is maintained in a national ferry database containing information regarding ferry routes, vessels, passengers and vehicles carried, funding sources, and other information.  BTS conducted the initial NCFO in 2006 and has subsequently conducted the NCFO in 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2016. The data collection for the next NCFO will begin in the Spring of 2018.

Read the latest report: Highlights of the 2016 National Census of Ferry Operators

National Ferry Interactive Tool

Check out the interactive NCFO tool to learn more about America's ferry operations!

Map of US showing ferry terminal locations

2016 Dataset

View the 2016 NCFO on data.transportation.gov 

  • Operator - The Operator data table contains information about ferry operators and details about their operation.
  • Operator Segment - Revised (2/8/2018)
    Operator Segment - The Operator Segment data table contains information related to route segments such as ferry operators who provide service, segment length, average trip time, passenger volume, and season start and end dates.
  • Segment - The Segment data table contains information about each route segment such as the terminals it connects, the type geographic area it serves, and whether it serves a National Park Service location.
  • Terminal - Revised (2/8/2018)
    Terminal - The Terminal data table contains information about ferry terminals, their location, and facilities.
  • Vessel - Revised (2/8/2018)
    Vessel - The Vessel data table contains information about ferry vessels such as the passenger and/or vehicle capacity, speed, and fuel type.
  • File layout for the data tables
  • Errata

View Previous Datasets

Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Contact Us:

National Census of Ferry Operators
BTS Office of Survey Programs
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590
United States
Phone: 800-853-1351
Alt: 202-366-3282
Business Hours:
8:30am-5:00pm ET, M-F

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