Ferry news for the week of March 31st to April 6th.
The Senate and House are preparing their separate transportation bills for the 2013-2015 biennium.
The Senate’s proposed bill would not require service cuts, and the “proposed $251 million ferry capital budget includes $107 million to complete new 144-car ferries Tokitae and Samish, and $22 million to convert the Hyak to a hybrid propulsion system. Delivery of the Tokitae is expected in spring 2014, followed by the Samish in early 2015. They will enable two 87-car ferries that are pushing 60 years old to be retired.”
- Full story here: Senate transportation budget would keep ferry service intact
- Read the Senate’s proposed budget.
The House is offering up a similar bill, one that includes eliminating some late-night service down sound. The House bill also “provides $107.1 million to complete the building of two new 144-car ferries and $21.7 million to convert the Hyak to a hybrid propulsion system. It adds $10.3 million to cover the cost of increased crew sizes ordered last year by the Coast Guard instead of $11.8 million by the Senate.”
Work is proceeding on the 144-car ferry M/V Tokitae. Check out a cool time-lapse video of the transfer of the superstructure on to the hull.