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Whatcom County Ferry Task Force Report

Monday, August 1, 2011 @ 04:08 PM
posted by mike

On August 1, 2011, the Ferry Task Force submitted its 161-page report to the Whatcom County Council.  The report is the culminations of a 6 month review of data and input from islanders, crew, and county administrators.  Read the report in its entirety here:

Table of Contents


1-6       Introduction

7-15     Recommendations

16-19    History

20-25   Ridership

26-39   Recommended Changes in Fare Technology/Drydock/Gooseberry Point Parking/Level of Service

40-64   Recommendations on Long-Term Fiscal Health/Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax and the Ferry Fund/45%-55% Formula/Enterprise Fund/Potential Grants and Districts/Capital Needs/Used vs. New/Coast Guard Boat Classes/Maintenance

65-88   Recommendations on Classifications of Ferry Expenditures and Accounting Practices/Professional Service Review/Cost Allocations and Overhead Review/Capital or Expense/Revenue Recognition

89-108  Recommendations on Fare Levels and Structure

109-119  Ferry Operational Budget  2006-2010

120-125  Characteristics of Six Ferries Used in Puget Sound & their Aptness for use to reach 3 different possible Whatcom County Terminals/Ferry Rate Comparisons

126-128  Chapter 10.34 with Recommended Changes in Ferry Rates

129-161  Process and Public Participation

Observations 4/25: Former Tsawwassen mgr shares insights

Long-time manager of the Tsawwassen ferry system in Canada shared ideas about efficient management of ferry systems, and participants raised questions with the task force. Preparations also were laid for the May 2 Open House. Task Force Observations 4-25-11