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Norris Young Palmer added two comments to the post Ferries Built in Washington that we’d like to point out to everyone. The first is a link to the U.S.D.O.T. web page on hot topics related to marine highways. The second is an email he received from Lauren Brand, Director Office of Marine Highways & Passenger Services. WSF did not apply for Marine Highway Project funds in 2010. There will be a new round of funding in 2011. We’d certainly be interested in learning more about this source of income. Here is the link to the original post and his comments.
If anyone else has information to share, please do not hesitate to add a comment to an existing post or to complete the Ask a Question form.
I had been wondering why Washington ferry routes do not have the federal ‘Marine Highway’ designation which includes funding. During an interview on January 6 following her press conference, the governor stated that WSF is not eligible for federal funding because of the legislation that requires that all ferries used in Washington be built in Washington. It seems that this would be another reason to change this law, particularly now that Todd Shipyards has been sold to an out-of-state company. Does anyone know any more about this?
“Why worry about saving the Anacortes-Sidney run?”
I was asked this question last week while collecting signatures for the petition during a ferry run. The person who asked had already signed a petition in the Village but now was having second thoughts. “Shouldn’t the money it costs to fund that run be spent on island runs instead?” she asked.
Earlier today, Steve and I collected petition signatures on a ferry from Lopez to Anacortes. Passengers were amenable and things went very smoothly. Signatures are also being collected on Vashon ferries with no problems, but apparently crew on a Bremerton ferry told FCP members they could not collect signatures without prior permission from WSF.
Kari Ulatoski contacted David Moseley to find out if permission is required. Here is the response she received:
“Advance permission is not required to do petitioning on the boats, but for safety reasons, we allow such activity only in the passenger cabin with no more than two people involved at any one time. Normal fares would apply. I have attached an SMS procedure on this- political activities are covered on page 2. Document Control has re-numbered procedures so while the number in the attachment now is different, the verbiage remains the same.”
So, if you’re on a ferry during the holidays, take along a copy of the petition and the SMS procedure (just in case) and collect some signatures! When you’re done, scan it and email it to me at SJBrooks@aol.com. If you don’t have access to a scanner, email me and we’ll work out a way for me to get the petition.
The San Juan Journal recently posted an article regarding the fact that Bob Distler has not been reappointed to the State Transportation Commission. A former member of our FAC, the article calls Distler, “…a long-time voice of the islands on ferry transportation issues.” Click here to read the article. Does anyone have any idea how this will impact the San Juans and proposed cuts? If so, please comment on this post.
I will be attending the Ferry Community Partnership meeting tomorrow in Anacortes. If you have specific questions you would like me to ask or comments you’d like me to share, please take a moment to click on our new site feature, Ask a Question, and add your questions or comments there. We’re leaving on the 9:35 a.m. boat, so please post by 6:00 p.m. this evening so I have time to get them tonight.
I’ll post my notes Monday so you can see them before Tuesday’s community input meeting in Friday Harbor.
Also, the Calendar is now up and running. We suspect there will be a plethora of meetings in the near future and will add them to the calendar as we get information. Let us know in Ask a Question if you hear about meetings and we’ll add those, too.