Weekly news roundup

Here’s fresh ferry news for the week of January 19th – 25th.

The Bainbridge Review reports that fifteen state legislators, including our 40th district representatives Morris and Lytton, have called for a full audit of Washington State Ferries Kwa-di Tabil class boats (also referred to as 64-car ferries). Rep. Norma Smith had written to WSF management in August raising concerns about the cost and reliability of this class of boat, but Smith says that WSF’s response was “substantially inadequate and incomplete.”

The Everett HeraldNet reports on an upcoming hearing at the  Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee on the Auditor’s Office performance report [pdf] that was released on January 3rd. The audit is in response to concerns about the high cost of ferry construction in Washington State.

Related posts: 64-car ferries.

The San Juan Islander reports that Representative Jeff Morris has introduced a bill, HB 1129, that would introduce a $5 vehicle service fee dedicated to funding the cost of vessel replacement.

Kari Ulatoski and Adam Brockus from the Ferry Community Partnership traveled to Olympia early in the week to speak to legislators about important ferry issues.

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