Introducing Ferry Tracker
January 23, 2021
I love riding Washington’s State Ferries. It’s the largest fleet in the United States and is anywhere between the second and fourth largest ferry system in the world, depending on how you measure it.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) offers a tool to track the ferries in realtime called VesselWatch. It’s a really excellent data, but when you’re sitting in line at the terminal with only your phone, it’s difficult to read.
Enter Ferry Tracker. It provides a mobile-first view of the data from VesselWatch.
To be kind to the WSDOT servers, Ferry Tracker only updates vessel information on first load or when you explicitly tap the refresh button in the upper-right corner. It works particularly well when saved to your device’s homescreen and launched like any regular ol’ app.