Sen. Murray squeezes feds for more ferry money

Patty Murray
Patty Murray
A day after Washington State Ferries learned it was excluded from a batch of federal stimulus ferry grants, almost $3 million has suddenly found its way to WSF.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray announced today that she secured an additional $7.6 million in federal money for Washington’s ferry systems.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood admitted the sole $750,000 grant awarded to Washington was an oversight and would be fixed. The initial grant was for a Skagit County ferry that is not a part of WSF.

The additional funds secured by Murray include $3 million for WSF’s Anacortes terminal replacement project, $2 million for King County’s ferry system and, for us Kitsapers, a hefty $2.5 million for Kitsap Transit’s passenger ferry prototype project.

State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond told the AP that state and county ferry systems applied for 11 grants totaling about $56 million.

Washington has the largest ferry system in the nation. But initially, of the 19 states that received ferry money, Washington received more than only Arkansas and Kentucky.

One thought on “Sen. Murray squeezes feds for more ferry money

  1. So, Kitsap Transit gets the money for the ferry that we voted against. Who is going to pay for the fuel and the crew to man this boat? Senate Murray should stay on the eastside of the sound since she is out of touch with the voters in Kitsap County. How many times do the voter have to vote before they are heard? No does mean NO! Just say no to POF’s.

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