Washington State Ferries’ future: Community meetings planned

Washington State Ferries just announced a round of community meetings – in case you want to attend, the closest one to the Fauntleroy terminal will be June 3 on Vashon – read on for the announcement and list:

WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) invites the public to a series of
nine community meetings June 1-15. At these meetings, WSF will present
information on a variety of issues, respond to public questions and
listen to comments.

“I am looking forward to discussing what came out of legislative
session,” said David Moseley, Assistant Secretary for WSF. “There many
important tasks ahead of WSF and the communities are critical to the
future of the ferry system.”

Issues on the agenda for the meetings include: recap of the 2009
legislative session, the WSF long-range plan, vehicle reservations
pre-design report, and tariff process.

The community meeting schedule is as follows:

* Monday, June 1, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside, 100 Washington Ave.,
* Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave., Clinton
* Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Road, Vashon Island
* Monday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
John Sedgwick Junior High School, 8995 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard
* Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Bainbridge Island Commons, 402 Brien Drive, Bainbridge Island
* Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Kingston Community Center, 11212 State Highway 104, Kingston
* Thursday, June 11, 11:40 a.m.
Aboard San Juan inter-island ferry (departing Friday Harbor at 11:40
a.m., Orcas at 12:30 p.m., Shaw at 12:45 p.m., and Lopez at 1:05 p.m.)
* Thursday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Fidalgo Senior Center, 1701 22nd Street, Anacortes
* Monday, June 15, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Pope Marine Building, 100 Madison Street, Port Townsend

4 Replies to "Washington State Ferries' future: Community meetings planned"

  • Gary May 27, 2009 (2:14 pm)

    A relative of mine heard from a WSF employee (and good friend) a while back, that WSF was going to make the Southworth car terminal into a walk-on terminal only, with no autos, due to the lack of traffic and funds.

    It was some kind of long range plan to begin in the near future (2010+) but I’ve never seen anything offical about it. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

  • LB May 28, 2009 (3:37 pm)

    This the first I’ve heard of any such proposal. I find it hard to believe that WSF would ever make Southworth walk-on only, unless they were trying to send vehicle traffic to Seattle-Bremerton. All long-range plans I’ve seen seem to indicate the opposite. Any idea as to when this proposal came out?

  • WSB May 28, 2009 (3:53 pm)

    we’ve covered the long-range plan extensively. it does not currently call for that. the main focus wrt southworth was whether to divert all car traffic to downtown seattle. that plan is not currently happening – TR

  • Greg May 28, 2009 (8:18 pm)

    With Southworth as one of the most underserved commuter routes in the system and with the growing population there is no way that it would be cut as a vehicle terminal.

    the best scenerio is for WSF to begin building the larger boats they need and to spin Southworth off to Colman Dock.

    that is not in the current planning horizon so look for continued traffic buildup on the soon to be single lane Fauntleroy Avenue.

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