Consultants Turning Over Ferry Funding Study

The state Transportation Commission will receive a final report on a long-term ferry funding study from consultant Cambridge Systematics during its monthly meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Olympia. That’s on the agenda for 9 a.m. Wednesday. The study is supposed to narrow down the best ways to pay for the ferry system. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.

Also of local interest is a Washington State Ferries work session at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. They’ll talk about changes in the revised long-range plan, discuss and agree on joint operational strategy recommendatons to the Legislature, get an overview of possible pricing strategies and review the 2009 fare adjustment schedule, milestones and process.

Also Tuesday, at 1:45 p.m., the commission will get a traffic and revenue update on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Outside the area, but still possibly interesting, will be the final report from the 520 bridge tolling implementation committee (9:10 Tuesday) and Alaskan Way Viaduct plans (1 p.m. Wednesday).

The meeting will be held at the Transportation Building, Commission Board Rood 1D2, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE.

The public comment period is at 11 a.m. Wednesday.