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Archive for September, 2008

Transportation Commission Coming to Bremerton

Monday, September 8th, 2008

The state Transportation Commission will meet in Bremerton on Sept. 16. The commission is an appointed board that primarily is responsible for setting ferry and bridge fares. They meet mostly in Olympia but also tour the state to get local perspectives. A public comment period starts at 3:45 p.m.

The Bremerton meeting will be 8:30 to 4:30 at Kitsap Conference Center. Presentations on local transportation issues will be made by Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman, KRCC director Mary McClure, Kitsap County Commissioner Steve Bauer, Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman, Port Gamble-S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Ron Charles, Patrick Babineau, coordinator for the Peninsula Regional Transportation Policy Organization, John Beitzel of the PRTPO transportation policy board, Jefferson County Commissioner David Sullivan and Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring-Erickson.

The DOT’s Olympic Region administrator, Kevin Dayton, will talk at 11:15 a.m. After lunch there’ll be a bunch of ferry stuff, including updates on a customer survey, a long-term funding study and WSF’s long-term plan.


Steel-Electrics Near to Being Sold

Monday, September 8th, 2008

The period for brokers and bidders to make proposals for the state’s four retired Steel-Electric ferries ended Friday. Washington State Ferries received “multiple” proposals for one or more of the 80-year-old boats, said spokeswoman Hadley Greene. We might know this week who’ll get them and maybe what they plan to do with them.

The boats were on eBay for 10 days in July, but none got the minimum bid of $350,000.