Transportation budget update

It is hoped that the legislature will have passed an $8.8 billion transportation budget before the regular session ends today. However, operating and capital budgets are not likely to be passed, meaning a special session will need to be called.

The transportation budget is a compromise that includes a 2.5% fare increase and money to finish building the two new 144-car ferries. Two items I wonder about are $21.7 million to convert the Hyak to a hybrid propulsion system and the Senate’s $250,000 proposal to bring ferries into the Good To Go! payment system. This last idea could seriously impact fares for a single car-driver as the current system has no way to account for the number of people in a car and using Good To Go! is supposed to be a way to eliminate staff at toll booths. This means there would be one set fare per car regardless of the number of passengers. Hopefully this will not make it into the final bill.

More information is available in this article from the Kitsap Sun.

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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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