Port of Kingston director Mike Bookey said Tuesday that the port has entered into negotiations to buy a passenger ferry. It would be a backup boat, he said. The port wants to start service between Kingston and downtown Seattle in September. Bookey isn’t sure whether the route’s primary boat will be new or used. He’d like to get the right used boat at the right price.
The service would be one trip in the morning and one in the evening, for about $14 or $15 round trip. The breakeven level would be about 115 people, he said.
All the port needs is about $500,000 over four years to help with operations, but isn’t getting any help from the state.
“We’re going to have a boat out there with a big sign on it saying it could run if the state would help, he said. “We’ve said we need enough money we can feel comfortable we can run this thing for three years and be reliable.
“We think we have a good plan to get to break-even and 100 percent farebox recovery, and the state’s bound and determined to give all the money to King County (for its ferry program).”