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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

Featured Visualization

Segment Type by State (2015)

Map of US showing ferry segment types by state

Datasets

NOTE:

The NCFO Query Tool is no longer available; the data in the Query Tool is now available for download below.

2016 

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 - 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 - The Terminal data table contains information about ferry terminals, their location, and facilities.
  • 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

2014

The 2014 NCFO Data Zip File contains the following:

  • Operator - The Operator data table contains information about ferry operators and details about their operation.
  • 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 - The Terminal data table contains information about ferry terminals, their location, and facilities.
  • 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 (2014). 
  • Errata
     
  • Download a single Zip file containing all of the 2014 Datasets.

2010

The 2010 NCFO Data Zip File contains the following:

2008

The 2008 NCFO Data Zip File contains the following:

2006

The 2006 NCFO Data Zip File contains the following:

2000

The 2000 NCFO Data Zip File contains the following:

Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2017