New Laws Eliminate Seven-year Plate Replacement, Add a Fee to Fund Ferries

– from Milene Henley, County Auditor – Two laws enacted in 2014 will soon affect vehicle license renewals. Beginning January 1, 2015, ESHB 1129 will make vehicle transactions subject to a $5 licensing service fee on vehicle registration renewals and a $12 service fee on title transfers.The new service fees … Continue reading

State Transportation Fires Ferries’ Operations Manager

– by Mike Lindlbom for the Seattle Times ( ) – The operations director for the state ferry system — who has been on paid administrative leave and under investigation since July after being reprimanded — has been fired. Steve Rodgers, who was reprimanded in July after State Transportation Secretary … Continue reading

Guest Column: Why I Welcome the New Ferry Reservation System

FERRY MEETING ALERT!! Saturday, November 1, at the Orcas Library, WSF representatives will give three “Reservations 101” presentations: 2:00–3:15p.m., 3:30–4:45 p.m., 5–6 p.m. This is a change from the previous announcement. – by Margot Shaw – They tell us that, to keep young minds and bodies, we should change our … Continue reading

Councils Send Letter Protesting Ferry Cuts

– from Rick Hughes for the San Juan County Council – [Editor’s note: to read the State Dept. of Transportation’s budget request (Executive Summary) go to: WSDOTSupplementalBudgetRequestExecutiveSummaryREV.pdf To read the State Dept. of Transportation’s full proposed budget for 2015-17, go to: ) Dear Governor Inslee: On behalf of the … Continue reading

New Ferry Schedule, Off-peak Fares Highlight Fall Sailing Season

Riders should consult new schedule for possible changes to their route – from Washington State Ferries – Changing foliage and shorter days aren’t the only things Washington State Ferries’ customers can count on every fall. Seasonal service adjustments start Sunday, Sept. 21, and off-peak fares go into effect Wednesday, Oct. … Continue reading

New Ferries’ Head Announced by WSDOT

— from Lars Erickson, for WSDOT communications — Today [Sept. 10] Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including guiding the … Continue reading

Ferries Operations Chief On Leave Since July after “Disrespect”

State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson says Rodgers disrespected her in a June conversation. – By Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times  transportation reporter — State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson formally reprimanded the operations director of state ferries, saying he disrespected her during a phone conversation in June. Steve Rodgers, a 42-year employee, … Continue reading