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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’s 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.

The Viaduct Decision’s Next Step: Tolling

In an interview with Ross Reynolds on KUOW-FM – MP3 audio file here – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire said it was “very likely” that tolling would be applied to the new deep bored tunnel planned to replace the seismically vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct on State Route 99 in Seattle. (A state rendering of the bored tunnel’s cross-section is below, right.) Read More ›

Deep-bore Tunnel Promises A Vibrant Future For Seattle’s Waterfront

This article, published by the Puget Sound Business Journal, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute: The idea of a deep-bore tunnel has been part of the discussion for months. The Cascadia Center held an international conference on tunneling here in 2007. The rest of the article can be found here.

Tolls And Other Traffic Management Ideas Are Coming Back

The much-hyped federal economic stimulus package isn’t looking like it will do all that much for surface transportation. The New York Times reports that the House stimulus bill contains a scant $30 billion for roads and bridges and $10 billion for transit. Turns out most of the infrastructure spending in the bill is not for surface transportation. The new administration Read More ›

Bored Tunnel Technology Helps Option Advance

Shortly after 8 a.m. today, KUOW-FM broadcast this news segment on the proposed deep bored tunnel to replace the earthquake-prone Alaskan Way Viaduct on State Route 99, along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. Sources in the segment included Bruce Agnew, Director of Cascadia Center; and deep bored tunnel expert, construction manager Vladimir Khazak of the global firm HNTB. Link to audio (mp3) Read More ›

Gregoire Delays Viaduct Verdict Again – Final Proposal To Be Made To Legislature In January

This article, published by Seattle PI, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Tunnel advocate Bruce Agnew, policy director, Cascadia Center of the Discovery Institute, said the delay could be good news. “I hear rumors that they want to take a closer look at tunneling figures,” he said. The rest of the article can be found here.

Viaduct Politicians Reach A Big Moment Of Truth

This article, published by Crosscut, mentions the Cascadia Center of Discovery Institute as well as Bruce Agnew and Bruce Chapman of Discovery Institute: This idea comes from Cascadia Institute, a transportation think tank headed by Bruce Agnew and nested in Discovery Institute, headed by Bruce Chapman. The rest of the article can be found here.  

Toll-booth-free Tolling On SR 520 And I-90

The State Route 520 Tolling Implementation Committee’s “November Scenario Evaluation” document (pdf) released last week shows that the most robust regional financing for replacing the dangerously sub-par 520 bridge comes from time-variable tolling starting in 2010 and tolling the parallel I-90 span across Lake Washington, starting in 2010 or 2016. Tolling in this key east-west corridor would be done on Read More ›