Solution for the Ferry System

“”Without new funding our ferry system will not survive as we know it,” Gov. Chris Gregoire told Washington’s legislator’s as she unveiled a $3.6 billion transportation package to address the state’s projected funding shortfall for its programs Tuesday morning in Olympia.” Thus begins an article published by on Jan. 12, 2012.

“Solution for state ferry system?” does a good job laying out the current issues faced by the ferry system and explains the governor’s proposal for generating revenue. The article is available in its entirety here.

Please take a few minutes to read it. As it gets closer to time to contact elected officials to encourage them to support funding for ferries, this will give you important background information.

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Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

One thought on “Solution for the Ferry System

  1. Adrienne Adams

    There are two documents that give details of the Governor’s Connecting Washington Task Force proposals on our Documents page: the first, Addressing Critical Needs outlines the scope of the issues facing our transportation infrastructure and the Governor’s recommendations for legislative action, including proposed new funding sources. The second, Connecting Washington, is the Connecting Washington Task Force’s recommendations for projects to be funded.

    It is interesting to note that the proposed project – with the exception of the Columbia Crossing bridge and a new 144-car ferry – are all highway widening and interchange projects. There is no mention of specific projects that would, for example, satisfy the identified priority of “improving connections between modes (such as rail-truck, ferry-transit, car-transit)…”

    While it is important that our highways are maintained, research on the effect of highway capacity and congestion isn’t encouraging: more & bigger highways don’t ease congestion. If one thinks about it, it becomes rather obvious that building more roads (through widening and/or adding interchanges) is simply creating more infrastructure to maintain in the future. The Task Force’s proposals are, in effect, more of the same-old, same-old: build more and bigger roads.

    For some insight on the road/congestion issue, I suggest the the following articles:

    Study: More Roads = More Traffic

    The Only Hope for Reducing Traffic


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