Sept 19: Transportation Commission to meet in Friday Harbor to discuss transportation and ferry service issues Featured

Local officials and community leaders from the San Juan Islands will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 to discuss transportation issues, challenges and successes that are unique to island life.

The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Town of Friday Harbor, 60 Second Street. This is a public meeting and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 2:45 p.m.

The meeting will include a series of short presentations on transportation topics in the islands, including how transportation serves tourism and economic development.

The agenda includes briefings on transportation issues throughout the San Juan Islands, including specific panels discussing transportation on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island.

The commission also will hear in detail the challenges related to ferry service disruptions this summer and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s plans to address them.

Representatives from the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau and the San Juan County Economic Development Council will describe how transportation is essential to tourism, construction and other economic activities. Other topics include air transportation to the islands and Washington State Ferries’ 2040 Long-Range Plan.

In addition to the public meeting, commissioners will tour the islands’ transportation facilities to gain a better understanding of local issues. The commission will visit Orcas Island on Monday afternoon, Sept. 18, to see the new Orcas Island passenger terminal, ferry parking areas, and the new Park-and-Ride lot.

On Tuesday afternoon following the meeting, the commission will view roads on San Juan Island and improvements at the Friday Harbor airport.

The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several meetings throughout the state each year to gain insight from local government, industry and citizens about transportation issues that affect their communities and region. This information helps the commission to develop and implement transportation policies and recommendations to the State Legislature and Governor that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments throughout the State of Washington. In 2017, the commission also has met in Centralia, Kent, and Leavenworth.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit:


1 comment

  • C M Shlosser Saturday, 09 September 2017 05:05 Comment Link

    WSF showing continuous signs of decay...
    Having lived and traveled, using ferry services here and abroad, for nearly 60 years, the signs of vessel decay give every indication as to why our fleet is in need of overhaul.
    The term: "Ship Shape" has obviously been replaced by WSF to include "rust bucket" or "garbage scow." Is there any better indicator of a vessel's overall sea worthiness than to visualize slipshod conditions of crews and their absence of bright work or finery? As a symbol of our State's tourism & economy, a visitor might see our ferry conditions as a reason to avoid travel and investment, seeking a more pristine version of ferry travel to our immediate north.


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