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range plan, which stemmed from ferry financing legislation passed last year the Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2358, the Ferry Bill, and the associated biennial transportation budget ESHB 1094.
The legislation contains specific policy and operational directives to assess the efficiency and costs related to how the WSDOT Ferries Division provides service. The results of the studies are intended to shape strategies for future agency operations.
The spring meetings will be followed this June 2008 by another round of public meetings focusing on pricing strategies and terminal design standards. Then in October, another series of public meetings is planned for officials to present and take comments on the revised draft long-range plan.
After the meetings, the long-range plan will be finalized going into the 2009 legislative session, and WSDOT officials are encouraging customers to participate in the process and help shape route plans and service strategies.
Also this month, the Washington State Transportation Commission is conducting a survey of WSF riders.
According to the commission, the purpose of the survey is to gather information from riders throughout the system on their travel behaviors and attitudes.
Participation in the survey is voluntary, and individual survey responses will be kept confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. For more information on the WSTC Ferry Customer Survey, go online to: www.wstc.wa.gov/FerryCustomerSurvey/default.htm.