Ferry Service Survey Results

How Will Ferry Service Survey Be Used?
"In a similar manner, the cost for an updated ticketing system was given the worst case cost adder of $150,000 per year as a “maintenance” fee. I contacted American Eagle, the authors of the electronic ticketing system for the Pierce County ferry, and they said...their 5% fee comes to $50,000 per year. This is a disappointing figure but not one that adds $150,000 as an annual maintenance fee...Meanwhile, the ticketing question lays out several cost selections but there is no detail.  The reader has no way to evaluate the costs or know if there are benefits, like reducing loading times, in any of these options." [Read more]

County To Seek Ferry Funding From State
"Skagit County will seek $8.5 million in state funding to complete its electric ferry project, according to a legislative agenda approved Monday by the county Board of Commissioners…the lobbyist..said this year’s session…will likely see less grant funding for capital projects…passage of Initiative 976, which would drastically reduce state transportation funding, will make the session harder to predict…“I passionately want to see those diesel engines out of the channel,” said Commissioner Lisa Janicki." [Read more]

Between Eden and Oz
Life On Guemes Island 1990-2010
246 pages with photos and illustrations. Introductory price of $19.95. Proceeds benefit LineTime and other Island organizations. "Reading this brought me pleasure and an education. I learned a great deal about people both familiar and unfamiliar to me, and about the island’s history and culture. And there is some very good writing in here." —Nick Allison 
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Internet Options On Guemes Island 2019
San Juan Cable recently announced the discontinuation of television services in January 2020. While they will continue to offer internet service, we took the opportunity to update our information and add a note about television programming, although we have not addressed the reliability of these services. [Read more]

Skagit County Announces Ferry Dock Repairs
"Phase 2, is expected to go to bid in June 2019, with construction anticipated to start in September 2019. This project will address a number of items on both docks, including the repair of the apron gusset plates, and replacement of the counterweight cables and sheaves, apron hinge pins, and headframe handrails, among other items." [Read more]

Again At The Bottom Of The Bridge Report
Skagit County Public Works recently released the 2019 Bridge Report. Despite assurances last year that repairs would be made, once again the Guemes Ferry Docks (both sides) are the lowest rated structures ("structurally deficient") in the County. Both have a rating of 24.1 out of 100.
The Baker Creek Bridge is the only lower rated structure at 20.9 and the next lowest is at 48.6. The concern for the dock on Guemes is the apron gusset plate which is badly worn and designated "failure critical", that is "a steel load path member in tension...whose failure would probably cause a portion or the entire bridge to collapse." -Bridge Report. Mr. Randall-Grutter explained that Skagit County has allowed both ferry docks to deteriorate due to "insufficient funds". Public Works says "hopefully next year." [2018]2019 Bridge Report

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