Task force recommends funding options for ferries

The state, over the next decade, faces a $1.3 billion shortfall for Washington State Ferries' operation and capital needs. The Connecting Washington Task Force, a group created by Governor Gregoire to develop sustainable funding for transportation, recommends a $20 billion package of funding options - raising revenue through a a combination of state fees, tolling, taxes and increased local option revenues.

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Construction to start on new 144-car ferry

6303344291_99956cf790_mSEATTLE – Construction will begin early next year on a new 144-car ferry. The Ferries Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation today signed a contract change order with Vigor Industrial and its US Fab shipbuilding division to begin construction.

"This has been a momentous week for Washington state and our ferry system,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. "We have just taken delivery of the last of three new 64-car ferries, the Kennewick, and now we begin construction on a new 144-car ferry – an important action that helps ensure we have modern vessels to continue giving our passengers safe and reliable service."

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Identify marine mammals using whale trail signs on ferries

PRESS RELEASE: Just in time for Fall when orcas travel into Puget Sound, Washington State Ferries and The Whale Trail have partnered to provide ferry passengers with onboard guides to identifying Puget Sound marine mammals.

Travelers can use two signs on each ferry vessel and one in each ferry terminal to familiarize themselves with marine mammals living in Puget Sound and help identify animals during transits.

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Suggestions wanted to help simplify ferry fares

The State Legislature, in cooperation with the Washington State Transportation Commission, is conducting a study assessing possible ways to simplify the ferry fare structure and payment methods, as the state works towards finding ways of making it more convenient for riders to pay their fares and lower the cost of fare collections.

Members of Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) have completed surveys. WASDOT would like to hear additional comments. If you'd like to participate in this or future surveys, please visit the FROG webpage.

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