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Observations of 2/21 meeting w/Ferry Crew

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 @ 08:03 AM
posted by mike

Members of the PLIC Board combined notes, and Rhayma Blake compiled a report of ideas and thoughts presented to the Task Force by ferry captain Mark Richardson and deckhand/purser John Mulhern. Task Force and Ferry Crew Report 2-21-11

They talked about operations and revenues and responded to questions from the task force and audience. Among many points made: they favor no discounted fares except for multi-ride usage (punch cards); they favor an electronic fare-collection system; they feel that operations, because of set scheduling and duties, is by-and-large efficient; 10 full-time crew and 5 retired crew receive free passage along with spouses and dependent children (when applicable), by labor contract, but not other family members.

One item directly relating to the task force’s exploration of costs and revenues: upward to $18,000 a year occurs in uncollectible fares (loosely referred to as IOUs) such as riders who present a credit card, a Washington state ferry pass, or do not have cash or a punch card.  Most common occurrences are with service vehicles and non-resident visitors to the island who don’t know the system.  Mulhern said he would venture a guess that IOUs could amount to $50 a day, on average.