Plan B Ferry Meeting Draws Diverse Crowd

Stopped by the Citizens Write Place C ferry meeting Saturday in Bremerton. They had a nice turnout considering it started at 9 in the morning and it took me awhile to even get inside. The stairs outside were blocked off because they were doing some jackhammering there and I couldn’t use the elevator because you need a special pass card. Fortunately, Jan Angel had one and we were able to get in.

It was an interesting group. There were the political types — legislators Angel, Seaquist, Kilmer, Finn and Rolfes, city councilmen Runyon, Brockus and Chang, county commish Garrido and the county lobbyist — probably 8 to 10 ferry workers (not admin) and their union people, and the rest were members of the ferry public. There were probably 50-some people in all and they were all packed into a room on the fourth floor because the jackhammers were too noisy to use the council chambers.

It was good to see all the ferry/union people there since they know the inside workings of the system.

Some good discussions were had and it was a good start all in all. This is kind of a revolutionary approach, in more ways than one.

They’re on a tight timeline, wanting to get a plan together by March 2 when Transportation Committees are scheduled to hear ferry bills. They’re ditching the approach that there clearly is no money so cuts have to be made and replacing it with we need our marine highways to work so let’s figure out how to get there. They split into teams that will tackle different topics, such as schedules/service, fleet size/construction, budget, WSF organization and policy, bill drafting and communications.

They already have a Web site at www.Citizens WritePlanC.com and we’ll be putting up a forum/wiki on our site this week. Stay posted.