Mayors Get Good Vibes From Transportation Chairwoman

Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman said today in an e-mail that he and Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola visited with transportation honchos in Olympia on Wednesday and came back encouraged.

They met Senate Transportation Chairwoman Mary Margaret Haugen and got off to a rocky start, Bozeman said, but wound up having a positive conversation.

Haugen told them her goal is to end up with Plan A, or as close as she can get to the current level of ferry service. She’d given the impression earlier that she didn’t believe that was possible, and it’s not in the governor’s proposed budget.

Haugen also said she intends to move ahead with the building of four new ferries, Bozeman said. I guess those would be 64-car ferries. The governor’s budget has just one ferry being built.

The mayors also spoke to local legislators Derek Kilmer, Larry Seaquist and Christine Rolfes while they were down there.

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