Washington state officially launches first new construction in effort to electrify ferries – KNKX


Washington state starts delivering on a “new green economy” by creating green jobs to move us away from fossil fuels. Hundreds of blue collar jobs helping get us to the new world off of fossil fuels. Thanks to Governor Inslee and the Democratic majority in the state capital. Will there be some hickups along the way? You bet. Is this better than doing nothing? Absolutely.


Washington’s ferry system runs on diesel fuel that causes more air pollution than anything else the state transportation department operates. That’s changing as the state Department of Transportation works to convert two of its Jumbo Mark 2 ferries to hybrid-electric propulsion. And now it has officially launched the first new construction of a hybrid ferry, amid much fanfare…The Legislature has so far authorized funding for only one new hybrid electric ferry, but transportation officials say they have up to five more in the pipeline. The cost will be roughly the same as for a traditional diesel Olympic Class vessel: $160 million dollars.  Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

Washington state officially launches first new construction in effort to electrify ferries 

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