Weekly news roundup

Your ferry news for the week of June 1st to June 7th.

Kingston FAC Chair Walt Elliott has a good review of the issues facing our newest ferries, the Kwa-di Tabil “I-lean” Class boats.

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WSF engineer Alex Zecha raises questions on the LNG conversion proposal and its connection to fracking.

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The results of two polls on transportation funding show that Washington voters think differently about transportation funding depending on how the questions are asked. An article on Publicola explores this idea:

“Asked about their general transportation priorities, respondents to the Elway poll strongly preferred repair and maintenance (90 percent) to things like major highways (68 percent) and mass transit (60 percent).

“However, a separate poll, by EMC Research, concluded that “a strong majority”—69 percent—of voters support funding transportation even if it means more taxes, and that a majority of all voters said they supported passing a package to pay for transportation improvements this year.”

An earlier article on the Seattle Transit Blog on the March Elway transportation poll explored in some detail the idea that poll results are strongly influenced by how the questions are framed.

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Ferry fares are going up again October 1st.

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Bainbridge Island is running a shuttle bus this summer to help residents and visitors get around the island car-free. The shuttle is being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and funded through lodging tax revenues and local sponsors.

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