Here’s a summary of what was accomplished this session from Sen Rolfes’ Legislative Assistant. Thanks to Kari Ulatoski for passing along this information.
The ferry system is fully funded for the 11-13 biennium, including preservation of vessels and terminals.
Here is the letter from Sen. Haugen and Rep. Clibborn to Governor Gregoire stating the Legislature’s intent to appropriate funding for the ferries in the 2013-15 biennium at levels sufficient to maintain current ferry routes and schedules at existing levels.
The supplemental Transportation budget provides the following for the ferry system:
- Continues to allow the ferry system to enter into a fuel hedging program and other methods of hedging approved by the fuel hedging committee (on page 46, subsection 6);
- $1 million is provided for the security and operational planning as a first step in introducing liquid natural gas to the Washington ferry fleet (on page 69, subsection 11);
- $500,000 is provided for the ADA visual paging project (on page 70, subsection 12); and
- A budget proviso requiring the WA Ferry System to collaborate with passenger-only ferry and transit providers to provide service at existing terminals, the department shall ensure that multimodal access, including for passenger-only ferries and transit service providers, is not precluded by any future modifications at the terminal (on page 70, subsection 13).
In new revenue, the ferry system is receiving:
- $7 million for the purchase of fuel (on page 96, section 709); and
- $130 million for the 2nd 144 ferry boat (pages 96-97, section 710).
The deletion on page 47, lines 31-36, referred to the fee bill from last year. Since the fee bill from last year did not pass, this section is no longer relevant and was a housekeeping issue.