During last September’s Ferry Community Partnership (FCP) meeting in Anacortes, elected officials who attended the meeting assured everyone there that letters and emails do make a difference. In that spirit, it’s time to contact governor-elect Jay Inslee to share concerns you may have related to WSF and to make constructive suggestions about ways to tackle the problems currently facing our ferry system.
The FCP has put together a rack card, a draft of which can be accessed here. Once the final copy is available, we plan to modify it somewhat by adding ferry facts related to the San Juan Islands, but the four main talking points remain the same and you may want to use some or all when you make your contact. These points are also provided below for your convenience.
So please write or call Governor-elect Inslee today. He can be reached at:
P.O. Box 21067
Seattle, WA 98111
Integrate WSF into WSDOT
#1 Marine Highways budget must be integrated into the State-wide Transportation Infrastructure
- WSF’s 30 year plan represents 3.2% of total WSDOT budget
#2 Build 3rd 144-car vessel and Replace old vessels as needed
- WSF must build a vessel every other year to retire existing boats as they reach 60 years of age
#3 Maintain current levels of service on all routes
- 22 vessels serve about 23 million passengers and 11 million cars annually.
- Defer further implementation of the reservation system until at least 2015 saves $4 million now
#4 No greater than 2.5% per year baseline
- Farebox recovery for ferry operations is 70%, farebox recovery for Metro transit is 25% and around 9% for Sound Transit