Here’s what the new ferries will look like…January 29th, 2010 by tristan baurick
Washington State Ferries has the final design for its new 144-car ferries. That’s it up top.
There’s no funding yet to build them, but the finished design puts Todd Pacific Shipyards in a ready position for the time when the money does materialize.
WSF expects to get funding from the state Legislature to build one or two of the ferries between 2011 and 2013. Its long-range plan calls for adding two 144-car boats to the fleet in 2014. One would replace the 87-car Evergreen State and the second would allow WSF to shift another 87-car ferry to a backup role. The only backup now is the 37-car Hiyu.
Five more 144-car ferries are projected to eventually join the fleet after 2027.
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