State says more ferries needed for aging fleet – KING

Good news. If the Seattle area can get massive budget busting huge bridges  and tunnels to support their never ending growth needs, we in the hinterlands should be getting safe updated ferries, since they are our bridges, are considered state highways in their own right, and support our commerce.

Washington state is moving closer to adding a new ferry to its fleet. But before that, one of its older vessels will likely enter retirement. The state hopes to have a 144-car Olympic class ferry on the waters of Puget Sound by next year. By then the much smaller Hiyu ferry will likely be gone, according to state transportation officials. Even with the future additions to the fleet, the state will still need more vessels to accommodate a record amount of ridership. Michael Konopasak reports. (KING)

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