Ferries Shake-Up Planned by Griffith

 — by Mike Lindblom of the SeattleTimes.com — Washington State Ferries chief Lynne Griffith told employees via e-mail Tuesday [Jan. 6, 2015] that she will reorganize the management structure and recruit new leaders — creating seven new job titles and requiring four senior staffers to re-apply for positions. Griffith was hired … Continue reading

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 (www.SeattelTimes.com ) – 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: wsdot.wa.gov/TabBCombinedREVISED.pdf ) Dear Governor Inslee: On behalf of the … Continue reading