Ferry Reservations–Please Get Involved!

John Whetten, our Lopez representative on the San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee posted the following message on Lopez Rocks and has given me permission to repost it here. Please respond with your ideas/comments and please plan to attend one of the WSF Community Meetings scheduled for June 7. The first meeting is on the inter-island ferry from 11:35 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The second meeting is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Friday Harbor at the County Council Chambers at 55 Second Street. The latter meeting will also be video-conferenced into the meeting room at the Lopez Library.

Washington State Ferries has announced that vehicle ferry reservations will be implemented between the islands and Anacortes. Much planning has already been done without input from our island communities. Now is the chance to get involved! David Moseley, head of WSF, and his staff will host two meetings on June 7–one aboard the interisland ferry and the other in Friday Harbor (see Lopez Rocks Calendar for details). This is your opportunity to hear what is planned and to ask questions. Do you want reservations? What issues do you see in implementing reservations? Is there a downside to reservations? Do you think the cost of implementing reservations will be worth the benefit? And, who should pay that cost? Please attend one of these meetings, hear what is planned, and share your views. This is an important issue that needs your input and attention.
John Whetten
Ferry Advisory Committee, Lopez representative

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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.

8 thoughts on “Ferry Reservations–Please Get Involved!

  1. Randall Waugh

    I oppose a ferry reservation system. The ferries are part of the highway system. We can’t buy a reservation for bridges. It’s the same thing. First come. First served. All traffic yields right of way to emergency vehicles which includes medical priority loading. (Medical priority, given by medical authorities, gives the rights of way to personal vehicles we are legally required to give police, fire, medical, and other emergency vehicles.)
    Keep it simple.

    1. Randall Waugh

      I must work during the meeting time during the day and an evening meeting in Friday Harbor doesn’t work for me. Please convey my absolute opposition to a ferry reservation system for me, not that it matters. I think the ferry administrators do what they want regardless of input from the public.

    1. sjbrooksyoung Post author

      Thanks, Adrienne. I’m going to get there about 4:30 to help with set-up. If anyone else can come around that time, it would be great to have extra help.


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