Time to pick up your pen…

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

Fare Increases

#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
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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.

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