House Budget Doesn’t Have Surcharge, Either

Moments after posting about the Senate transportation budget not including a ferry fuel surcharge, I got a story from the Associated Press that the House had released its transpo budget.

I looked into it, and here are some key points for ferries.

It would spend $27 million to cover the cost of diesel prices that were higher than what they were budgeted.

It would defer implementing a ferry fuel surcharge. That policy would be re-evaluated after looking into ways to conserve fuel and reduce the effect of price volatility on the fuel budget.

It continues to support the building of three 64-car ferries and provides an additional $8.45 million to finalize the detailed design for the 144-car ferries.

It provides funding to develop a reservation system.