Proposed Vehicle Reservation System: Must-Review Documents and an Article

We hope tomorrow’s WSF meetings will be well attended.

There are four documents you might want to browse prior to attending one of the meetings. They are posted on the WSF site, but we have also posted them in the Documents area of our site for easy retrieval. Here are the links:

See WSF’s Vehicle Reservations Planning homepage for more information.

New information on the Save a Spot vehicle reservation system (Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sydney runs) is now also available.

You may also want to read the opinion piece published in yesterday’s Islands’ Weekly.

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About sjbrooksyoung

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.

2 thoughts on “Proposed Vehicle Reservation System: Must-Review Documents and an Article

  1. Adrienne Adams

    Thank you, Susan, for this comprehensive series of articles in preparation for tomorrow’s meeting.

    I have been studying how the Steamship Authority uses its reservation system. (The Steamship Authority runs the ferries to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard Islands.) Pages C-29 to C-32, Appendix C, in the Vehicle Reservations Planning Final Predesign Appendices records the discussion between WSF and the Steamship Authority representatives. It might be worth a look if folks are interested in how reservations work for them.

    In the Long Range Plan (page 63), WSF states that the Steamship Authority is “an island based service similar to the San Juan Islands route serving local residents and seasonal tourists.” Bear in mind, however, that during the summer Martha’s Vineyard residents have 14 daily sailings, while Lopez Island has only 6 unrestricted sailings. There are other significant differences between the two systems and their respective routes, which should be taken into consideration should the Steamship Authority be presented as a model for implementing reservations in the San Juans.

    Of interest to San Juan Islanders about the Steamship Authority: one, they have a special discount rate program for residents and property owners of the Islands; and two, their reservation system holds back space reserved exclusively for residents registered in this residents’ program. The Steamship Authority system also has an online “wait list” capacity, so that if a particular sailing is full, one can get on the wait list—a distinct advantage to simply showing up and hoping to get on the next sailing.

    It’s a shame that WSF has for years ignored islanders’ requests for a program that benefits residents and property owners, and is instead pushing for a program that could very well make it more costly and difficult for islanders to move to and from their homes & properties.

    Here’s a link to the Steamship Authority’s Islanders page:


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