Little Recovery Love for Washington Ferries

You get a press release from the White House announcing big bucks to build and improve ferry docks and facilities and you’re thinking, “Ooh, the ferry system is set.” then you read on and realize that “illion” after the “$60” starts with an “m” and you temper your expectations.

Good thing, because the nation’s largest ferry system got nothing and the state overall got a comparative pittance.

Of the $60 million out of economic recovery funds, Washington’s sole recipient was in Skagit County for the Guernes Island Ferry, allowing for construction of a new ferry terminal with expanded service.

The largest single award went to Texas, $7.2 million to build a new boat and expand service in a place called Port Aransas.

Washington State Ferries did apply for two grants from the fund. One application was for $9 million. If you’re scoring at home that amount is larger than any other single recipient. The other application was for $35 million $26 million. I don’t think I have to do much math for you there.

At this point we don’t know that it was the size of WSF’s requests that resulted in their denials, but it’s a great question to ask. Ed Friedrich is on it.

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