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Ferries Division Security Systems Upgrades

G4S provides security system upgrades to Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is America’s largest ferry system, serving eight counties within Washington and the province of British Columbia in Canada. The existing system operates 22 ferries that serve 20 terminals on 10 routes. More than 22 million passengers ride their waters every year.

These passengers range from commuters who flow into downtown Seattle office buildings, to international visitors who marvel at the sight of Orcas that can be spotted near the channels around the San Juan Islands. In addition to being the largest ferry system in the U.S., Washington State is also the most used ferry system in the world.

WSF came into existence with the State’s buy-out of Puget Sound Navigation (the last of the Mosquito fleet) in 1951. The ferry system was originally intended to provide a temporary service until a network of bridges could be built to connect the west and east sides of Puget Sound. In 1959 the legislature abandoned the bridge plan, and the ferry system continued to serve Puget Sound communities.

Sixty years later, the ferries are still serving these communities and continue to grow. The northernmost terminal is the departure point for some of the best-known island destinations in North America: the four San Juan Islands-San Juan, Lopez, Orca and Shaw. Past the San Juan Islands, Sidney B.C. is the gateway to Canada’s Vancouver Island.

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