Yesterday’s WSF Community Meetings were well attended. Residents from all four islands joined the meeting on the inter-island ferry and with video-conferencing available in the Orcas and Lopez libraries, the audience for the evening meeting was larger than normal. In total, approximately 80 Lopezians participated in one or both of the meetings. Thank you very much for stepping up on this very important issue!
The sole agenda topic for the meeting on the inter-island was the proposed vehicle reservation system. In addition, approximately one hour of the evening meeting also focused on reservations. WSF staff in attendance for both meetings included: David Moseley (WSF Director), Ray Deardorf (WSDOT/WSF Planning Director), Brian Churchwell (VRS Program Manager), George Capacci (Port Captain), Marta Coursey (Director of Communications), and Rachel (did not get her last name or job title).
At each meeting, David Moseley began the discussion of reservations by saying that the proposed Vehicle Reservation System must work for customers (residents, businesses, and visitors) and the community. He defined ‘working’ as being customer-friendly, flexible, and assuring travel predictability. Moseley also promised that in the initial process, WSF and representatives of each island will take time to explore the unique characteristics of each island, pointing out that there are physical characteristics on some islands that may make reservations impossible there–particularly since there are no funds available to retrofit any of the terminal areas. When asked, Moseley said that this review of a vehicle reservation system is being conducted at the request of the state legislature. “If it won’t work, we won’t do it,” he vowed.
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