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The DOT packet explaining its new contract with tolling vendor
TransCore contained some interesting numbers. Among them were the
percentage of households with transponders by geographic area.
Not surprisingly, Gig Harbor comes in highest at 96 percent with
Port Orchard second at 46 percent, Silverdale at 29 percent,
Bremerton at 21 percent and Tacoma at 12 percent.
With new Narrows Bridge tolls in the works, there has been some
debate from commenters about whether drivers who get transponders
should receive a discount. Some argue that just being able to
bypass the toll booths should be incentive enough. Others say buses
and ferries have frequent-user discounts and it should be the same
with bridge users.
I’m not going to take one side or the other but will try to provide
The problem we were having Wednesday where people couldn’t make
comments appears to be fixed. I just received one.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
I caught some flak the other day about not mentioning unions as
being one of the reasons the ferries system is having problems.
Even when the ferries weren’t having the problems they are today,
riders resented the amount of money ferry workers made. It’s no
secret. You can easily find out what every individual makes if
you’re at all capable with the Internet. It’s public information.
I’m not saying they make too much. That’s up to you to determine. I
will say that most of them make more than a reporter with a college
degree and 25 years of experience. That probably has a more to do
with stupidity on my part than anything else. Here’s a link right
on the ferries Web site that tells you lots of stuff about these
I’ll summarize it a little.
Terminal attendants: $17.95
Ticket takers: $19.11
Ticket sellers: $21.74
Terminal supervisors: $31.28
Ordinary seamen: $19.11
Able-bodied seamen: $21.49
Second mate: $29.62
Chief mate: $33.16
Self master: $45.56
Relief master: $42.50
Assistant engineer: $26.78
Chief engineer: $37.39
Staff chief engineer: $39.07
When David Moseley was introduced as the new ferries director,
Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond
talked about bringing Washington State Ferries more under the
Department of Transportation instead of lettling it hang out like
it’s own agency. I’ve noticed a subtle change in the press releases
they send me. They no longer call it Washington State Ferries. It’s
now the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries
Division. And Moseley isn’t Washington State Ferries director or
CEO. he’s the deputy of the Washington State Department of
Transportation Ferries Division.
This is supposed to be a good thing for ferry riders. They’re
trying to treat ferries more like highways and maybe find a way to
I got an e-mail from the state Republican Party a few days after
David Moseley was announced by Transportation Secretary Paula
Hammond and Gov. Chris Gregoire as the new ferries director. They
don’t like the choice. I’ll run their press release below, then
make a few comments.
Hammond, that is. I like her. I’ve been impressed all four or
five times I’ve talked to her. If you didn’t know, she became the
Secretary of Transportation in October. She’s the one who made the
decision to beach the steel-electrics. Some complained that at
least one of those boats could’ve been made seaworthy enough that
they could use it at PT-Keystone until they got something better
and that it was a overreaction.
I can’t say that I know, but I trust her judgement. Wouldn’t want a
boat to sink on my watch. If I used that route on a daily basis, I
might have a different perspective …
How come you guys on the Southworth-Vashon-Fauntleroy route
didn’t tell me you got Wi-Fi? I saw some mention of it on a Google
alert blog, so I called the head guy from Parsons, Bob Parsons
(nice guy, by the way) who said they sent out a press release a
while back. So he sent me the old press release.
I was kind of wondering why I wasn’t getting any response to
this new blog. Turns out, you couldn’t comment. It kept saying
there was an error and the page couldn’t be found. Well, I have it
on good authority that it’s supposed to be working now. If there’s
any problem, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have tons of stuff I want to talk about today, but it’s already
2:30 and I haven’t even started a big story I’m writing for the
weekend. But I’ll be back soon.
Sorry about the glitches.