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Passenger-Only Ferries

House Bill Supports New Passenger Ferries, Sets One Aside for Northwest Washington

(Feb. 6, 2009--Bellingham, Wash.) A new bill in Olympia would direct the state Department of Transportation to buy five passenger-only ferries, and it would set aside one of them for service in Northwest Washington. The bill, proposed by Rep. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, would set up the framework for spending $25 million in federal stimulus money for transit to buy high-speed passenger boats. Advocates say that brings their effort to establish a route between Friday Harbor and Bellingham closer to reality. "If the feds come in with the boat, then all of a sudden the economics of the thing start looking pretty positive," said Bruce Agnew, program director at the Seattle-based Cascadia Center, which has studied passenger ferry routes here. He's also a member of the Farmhouse Gang, an informal group of leaders that helped kick-start the bus route between Bellingham and Mount Vernon and now wants the ferry service. More here. Read More ›

Rep. Ericksen’s Bill Would Allow Spending $25 Million For Passenger Ferries

This article, published by The Bellingham Herald, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: On Monday, Tom Jones of the Seattle-based Cascadia Center for Regional Development, which has worked with the Farmhouse Gang and has reprentation on the group, told state representatives there‚Äôs wide interest in a Bellingham to Friday Harbor service. The rest of the article can be found Read More ›

More Details On How The Bellingham To Friday Harbor Ferry Service Could Work

This article, published by The Bellingham Herald, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Of all of the efforts to establish new passenger ferry service in Puget Sound, the effort to get a boat between Friday Harbor and Bellingham is the ripest, said Bruce Agnew, program director at the Seattle-based Cascadia Center. The rest of the article can be found here.

Public Subsidy Would Be Required For Public Transit, Passenger Ferry

This article, published by The Journal of The San Juans, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: The summit was sponsored by Cascadia Center for Regional Development, Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, … San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, San Juan Island Library and the Town of Friday Harbor. The rest of the article can be found here.

Hurray For Transit, But It’s No Silver Bullet

With U.S. gas prices blowing through the roof, transit ridership is growing along with enthusiasm for green vehicles that will run on electricity and liquid fuels, a.k.a. plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs. Cascadia Center has championed expanded transit for Central Puget Sound through proposals for an Eastside commuter rail line adjoining a walking and biking path, and regional passenger-only Read More ›

Foot Ferry Of The Future

Bruce Agnew was on KOMO – 4 TV to talk about ferries, car tabs, and cleaning up Puget Sound. You can watch the video here.

Linking Speedier Ferries With A Healthier Sound

This article, published by the Kitsap Sun, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Bruce Agnew, director of the think tank Cascadia Center, proposed that seven counties bordering Puget Sound pursue an increase of $50 per vehicle in their state license tab tax. The rest of the article can be found here.

Conference Lifts Chamber Manager On Passenger Ferry

This article, published by the Peninsula Daily News, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Bruce Agnew, policy director for Cascadia Center, said that it was difficult to overstate “the important role that passenger-only ferries can and should have as part of the Puget Sound’s transportation mix.” The rest of the article can be found here.