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Two Informational Reports Released at June 7, 2016 LIFAC Meeting

Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 12:06 PM
posted by mike

 “Ferry Service Lummi Island to Fairhaven:  Some Observations,” dated April 30, 2016 by Chuck Anholt. This paper proposes an illustrative scenario on the feasibility of docking in Fairhaven.  First presented at the May 3, 2016 LIFAC meeting, it was circulated for comments and discussed at the June 7, 2016 meeting.  It makes two assumptions:  use of the Whatcom Chief and unrestricted docking at Fairhaven and shows that a round trip would take approximately 3 hours and result in a much lower quality of service.  In addition, and perhaps more importantly, because of Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad plans for increased rail service, the Port of Bellingham would limit Lummi Island Ferry Service to once a day calling into question the practicality of assuming unrestricted docking access in Fairhaven.  The paper concludes that the increased trip length along with severely restricted access effectively eliminates the Fairhaven option from further consideration. DRAFT–Ferry Service Lummi Island to Fairhaven, April 30, 2016

Whatcom County 2015 Ferry Operations Report.  The Ferry Ops Report 2015 was presented to LIFAC at their June 7, 2016 meeting by County staff and includes information about costs, revenue, how the 45/55 split is working, Lummi Island Road tax collections vs Island Road expenses for ferry and roads, Ferry Fund growth etc.