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Issue Position: Reforming and Funding our Ferry System

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NEW FERRIES MEAN NEW JOBS & BETTER SERVICE
Marry Margaret has been instrumental in securing the funding necessary to construct a new 144-car and three new 64-car ferries to help upgrade the infrastructure on our state waterways and maintain safe, reliable service. These projects have provided thousands of local family-wage jobs that are tied to both their construction and operation.

REDUCING OPERATING COSTS & INCREASING EFFICIENCY
With transportation funds being stretched increasingly thin it is vital that we promote efficiency and accountability in our ferry system. Mary Margaret helped pass two different reform measures to help reduce operating costs, improve ferry management and on-time performance.

Some highlights of the legislation include:

* Exempting the fuel used by state ferries from the state retail and use tax to help contain the rising cost of operating the ferries.

* Reducing capital costs by requiring contractors to have apprentices perform a minimum of 15 percent of work on all Washington State Ferries public work projects that cost $5 million or more.

* Establishing specific performance measures related to customer satisfaction, on-time performance, employee and customer safety, cost containment, cost-efficient vessel and terminal design.

* Increasing the bid limit for apprenticeship utilization requirements from $2.5 million to $6.0 million for Washington State Ferries to help increase competition in bids for projects.


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