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Proposed fare increases

Ferry officials are recommending two back-to-back fare increases in the coming year. The first would be 2.5% for cars and 1% for passengers on Oct. 1. The second increase (for the same amount) would begin on May 1, 2016. More information is available here.


Voice of Washington surveys

In addition to the F.R.O.G. surveys that focus specifically on ferry issues, residents of WA are welcome to sign up to participate in Voice of Washington surveys. These ask your opinion on a variety of topics related to Washington’s statewide transportation system. Here is the link to use to sign up. Once you do, you will receive a link to the current survey.


Results released for most recent Voice of WA survey (VOWS)

In the most recent VOWS survey, 60% of respondents say that maintenance of existing transportation infrastructure (roads, bridges, ferries) is their top priority and that they would be willing to pay higher taxes to fund this maintenance. Expansion of the public transportation system is also a high priority.

Check out this article to read a more complete summary of survey results.

Full results are available here.

Voice of Washington Survey (VOWS)

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) will be surveying WA state residents in the very near future on a variety of issues related to the state’s transportation system. Here is the message sent from Dan O’Neal, Chair of the WSTC.

In the next couple weeks, the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) will be sending out a statewide survey on transportation taxes, investment options, and priorities to over 30,000 Washington State residents like you who are part of the Voice Of Washington State (VOWS) survey program.

We thank you for your help in the past and if you know of any other friends, family members or neighbors who might want to participate in the upcoming statewide survey on transportation priorities and taxation, please pass this email along to them. To sign up for the VOWS, all they need to do is register at: www.voiceofwashingtonsurvey.org

The more people that participate, the louder the VOICE will be and the more impact it will have on state decision making.

Hopefully you will take a few minutes to register and then complete the survey when it is available.

Opportunity to give input on fare increases

Members of the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) will be on the interisland ferry Monday afternoon (July 8) and in Anacortes Monday evening for community input on proposals related to ferry fare increases and modifications. The notice sent from WSTC is shown below.

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released a proposal increasing ferry fares and modifying some fare policies. The WSTC is gathering public comments now so please get involved and share your views.

Here is a summary of the proposed changes – all would take effect on October 1, 2013, unless otherwise noted:

Across-the-board general-fare increase: 2 percent increase on passenger fares and 3 percent increase on vehicle fares; 2 percent increase on passenger fares and 2.5 percent increase on vehicle fares on May 1, 2014.

Fare increase for the Anacortes-Sidney, BC route: 4.1 percent increase on Anacortes-Sidney vehicle and passenger fares; 2.5 percent increase on Anacortes-Sidney vehicle and passenger fares on May 1, 2014.

Consolidate the current one-way fares to and from Friday Harbor and Sidney, BC, into one round-trip fare.

Complete implementation of a three-phase plan that was started in 2011, providing reduced fares for smaller vehicles. In this final phase, the vehicle fare for cars less than 14 feet will be charged 70 percent of the vehicle fare charged for standard vehicles (14 feet to less than 22 feet).

Eliminate the motorcycle oversize surcharge. Vehicles that currently pay the motorcycle oversize surcharge will pay either the under 14 feet vehicle fare or the motorcycle fare depending on their size.

Increase the youth discount from the current 20 percent off the full fare, to 50 percent off the full fare.

The WSTC is holding several public meetings in ferry-served communities to gather comments. Meeting dates and locations are as follows (further details are on the WSTC web site linked below):

Monday July 8 – San Juan Islands Interisland Ferry (in the afternoon) and Anacortes (in the evening)

Wednesday, July 10 – Coupeville

Thursday, July 11 – Vashon Island

Monday, July 15 – Bainbridge Island

Tuesday, July 16 – Port Orchard

The Commission is expected to make a final decision on the proposed changes at their final hearing on July 30th at 3:00 pm in Seattle at Union Station. The public will be able to testify at the final hearing as well.

If you cannot make it to one of the public meetings, you can provide comments a few other ways:

Email: transc@wstc.wa.gov

Phone: 360-705-7070

In writing: WSTC Fare Proposal / PO Box 47308 / Olympia, WA 98504-7308

For more detail on the proposed changes and upcoming public meetings, please visit the WSTC web site: http://wstc.wa.gov/WhatsNew/FerryFareRateSettingPublicOutreach.htm

Dan O’Neal, Chairman

Washington State Transportation Commission

Two noteworthy news articles

With the holidays we haven’t had news digests the last couple of weekends. However, two articles appeared recently that are worthy of your attention. Here are the links:

Inslee hires headhunters to find WA agency leaders: It appears that Paula Hammond, Secretary of Transportation would like to keep her job.

Op-ed: State ferry system needs funding and leadership: Not at all sure that passenger only ferries are a solution, even down Sound, but much good information presented here otherwise.