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County mulling ferry schedule changes

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on Nov. 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm with No Comments »
November 1, 2012 3:21 pm

Pierce County is soliciting public feedback as it mulls whether to adjust next year the schedule of its ferry service between Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron islands.

A final community meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Anderson Island Community Clubhouse, 11319 Yoman Road. Residents who can’t attend can submit written comments here

County staff as well as the Pierce County Ferry Committee — made up of volunteers from the town and islands — developed the options for schedule changes.

Officials say the goal is to alter the schedule to better meet the needs of ferry riders without adding to the costs of the service, which have been increasing. Two of the options that add to the cost would need to be offset with schedule changes that save money.

The options include:

• Eliminate the Saturday only 5:45 a.m. trip and begin weekend service at 6:45 a.m. The option would save $36,400 annually.

• Move the 5:10 p.m. daily “triangle” run — which serves both islands — to 6:10 p.m. The 5:10 p.m. run would then travle directly to Anderson Island. The report says this would free up room on the 5:10 p.m. run for Anderson Island residents and allow more time for Ketron Island residents to return each day.

• Delay the 10 p.m. last run to 11 p.m. on Saturday nights from July 1 to Labor Day weekend to give Anderson Island more time to enjoy summer activities. The change would cost $2,000 a year.

A staff report with the entire list of options is available here.

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