People in Coupeville on Whidbey Island say there’s no such town as Keystone, and they want to change the name of the ferry terminal there to Coupeville. Sure, Coupeville’s on the other side of the island from the terminal, but it’s a skinny island. We’re only talking a few miles here. Plus, they say people get the Keystone terminal mixed up with the Kingston terminal. I always write Keyport when I mean Keystone. In fact, I already did it once in this item.
Anyway, there’re trying to round up support and get it to the Washington State Transportation Commission, which is in charge of naming all things transportation — ferries, bridge, roads, even terminals. The town council and chamber of commerce are hoping to get the name changed at the transportation commission’s July meeting. Then Washington State Ferries will change the name of the route to the Port Townsend-Coupeville route, they say. That would give Coupeville more visibility as a tourist destination, they say, what with search engines and such.
Coupeville is a pretty cool old town, I must say. It’s like a mini Port Townsend. I’d just as soon it stay like it is, but the business folks want to stay in business and they think this would help. Guess I can’t blame them.
Also at the July meeting, I think they’ll pick a name for the second new 64-car ferry that will be on that route. Whidbey’s recommendation, fortunately, didn’t make the list. It was Squi-qui.
Here’s a more in-depth story from the Whidbey Examiner.