State Legislators Voting on Funding for Third 144-Car Ferry

I apologize for the short notice, but our state legislators will be voting tomorrow on funding that would pay for a third 144-car ferry independent of what else may be considered in an overall transportation package. More information, a sample email, and addresses for key legislators are provided below in a message from the Ferry Community Partnership listserv. I hope you will have time to send off an email.

FCP Members: Important Update on 3rd 144-car Ferry Funding:

While a broader transportation package still could emerge during the remaining 45 days of the legislative session, members of the House Transportation Committee are scheduled to vote this Wednesday on SHB 1129, to fund a 3rd 144-car ferry. Approval of the bill this session will take advantage of the cost efficiencies associated with continuing the 144-car ferry building program now that it is ramped-up and delivering on schedule and on-budget, and will meet the critical need to replace the oldest boats in the fleet to prevent serious disruption to the ferry system and communities when 50-year plus boats go out of service.

We need you to encourage and thank the legislators for taking this step with HB 1129. Please simply send an email to several of the legislators below with a short message along these lines:

Dear Representative Smith: I strongly support your efforts to move SHB 1129 forward to fund the 3rd 144-car ferry this session. We must replace our oldest boats to prevent damage to the communities, businesses and families dependent on the ferries for their marine highways. Delay will only drive the construction cost up and your reforms have helped deliver boats on-schedule and on-budget. Thank you for your work and support on this important economic issue.

Name & Company

These are State Representatives you can email immediately:

norma.smith@leg.wa.gov

dave.hayes@leg.wa.gov

ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov

maryhelen.roberts@leg.wa.gov

larry.seaquist@leg.wa.gov

eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov

fitzgibbon.joe@leg.wa.gov

haigh.kathy@leg.wa.gov

Drew.Macewen@leg.wa.gov

kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov

jeff.morris@leg.wa.gov

judy.clibborn@leg.wa.gov

jason.overstreet@leg.wa.gov

vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov

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