Weekly news roundup

Your weekly dose of ferry news, January 26th to February 1st.

The Kitsap Sun reports on WSF’s efforts to save a bit on crewing costs by reducing crew numbers during times when boats are sailing with few passengers.

Dan Twohig, an active member of the Ferry Community Partnership and a WSF vessel Mate, has an interesting perspective on the plan to convert some ferries to LNG (liquified Natural Gas). You can learn more about WSF’s LNG proposal here.

Groups representing labor, business, and transit advocacy are banding together to lobby for funding transportation infrastructure.

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has brought forth a revenue proposal [PDF] designed to plug shortfalls in transpiration funding.

As more people save fuel by driving less and driving more fuel efficient cars, revenues from gas taxes will continue to fall. One option being explored for further study is to transition from gas tax to road user assessments (also known as a road tax or road use fees). Oregon is already starting a pilot program for road use fees.


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