The FCP continues to meet weekly, focusing its attention now on lobbying efforts. Kari Ulatoski emailed notes from last weekend’s meeting. I’m sharing relevant sections of her email below and also a link to the meeting notes. Still hoping we will be able to host one more FCP meeting up our way.
Attached are the minutes from the Ferry Community Partnership Meeting on 02/05. Adam Brockus kindly facilitated the meeting and wrote the minutes. We came to consensus that we need to lobby for HB 1830 to be given a hearing by the Transportation Committee. Rep. Clibborn has stated that she wants all Ferry Savings Suggestions by 2/18.
The important thing is to keep telling your story regarding economic impacts. Also, the more businesses the better! Realtors, construction companies, retailers are all going to be hit hard if these cuts go through, not just commuters. We could even lose our military on Whidbey, as there is another downsizing in the offing. Do you think the Navy will want to keep a base open if there is minimal ferry service? I personally went to some businesses on Vashon and they want to participate.
Time is running out. We need your suggestions about funding no later than 2/17, so let’s get going. We’ve made some suggestions including a tire tax that would be used for developing transportation in the state – and only transportation- including ferries, a 3-decade request for eastern Washington’s North-South freeway, and such.
AND REMEMBER, THERE IS NO BACKUP BOAT FOR 90% OF THE ROUTES SERVED. WHO WANTS THE HIYU WITH A CAPACITY OF 34 CARS? NO ONE!