Transportation commission sets new ferry fares, makes changes to original proposal
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
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SEATTLE – After hearing from ferry riders during local community meetings, reviewing hundreds of emails, and gathering input from key stakeholder groups, the Washington State Transportation Commission took final action today (Wednesday, July 26) on ferry fare increases that will be implemented over the next two years. The commission made changes to its original proposal in response to public input, which resulted in benefits to passengers and bicyclists.
The commission is required to ensure ferry fares generate $381 million in operating revenue between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, as required in the recently passed two-year state transportation budget for Washington State Ferry operations. The commission’s fare proposal accomplished that but increases to passenger fares and bicycles with trailers generated the most concern from the public. In response to those concerns, the commission reduced the passenger fare increase in 2017 from 2.5 percent, to 2.1percent. It also applied a fare increase to bikes towing a kayak or canoe; this does not change the fare for bicyclists towing other types of trailers.
The final ferry fare adjustments adopted by the commission will take effect as follows:
- October 1, 2017
- 2.9 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
- 0.8 percent to 1.8 percent fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer), depending on vehicle size
- 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
- Passengers who bring bicycles towing kayaks or canoes will pay the motorcycle/ stowage fare. All other bicyclists towing items other than a kayak or canoe would continue to pay the same fare as today (bicycle surcharge plus the passenger fare).
- October 1, 2018
- 2.5 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
- No fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer)
- 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
- School Group passengers fare will increase from $1 per group for a one-way trip to $5 per group for a one-way trip
For more information on the commission, and its ferry fare proposal and fare setting process, please visit the transportation commission’s web site: www.wstc.wa.gov
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Regular Meeting 8-9-17
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: June 2017
* Payroll: $136,566.46 July 2017 Paid 08-05-2017
* Vouchers for July General Account:
Vouchers #828 through #834 for $1,762.71;
Voucher #837 through #853 for $8,240.42;
Voucher #869 through #878 for $1,796.87;
Vouchers #890 through #896 for $4,297.60.
* Vouchers for July Capital Account:
Vouchers #854 for $300.00.
* Minutes: July 12 and 20, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention
* Training – Chief Mark Donnell
* Public Education
Firefighters Association Report:
* Marine Fire Response Up-date
* Resolution 2017-02 Surplus Achilles Boat
Executive Session: None
East Wenatchee Man Arrested for Firing at Passing Cars
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 07/23/17 at approximately 1:30 PM RiverCom dispatch received a report of a male firing a shotgun toward the reporting party’s home and passing cars in the 10 Blk of N Nevada Ave near East Wenatchee, WA.
Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers responded and surrounded the residence. While waiting for additional personnel and the Sheriff’s Office armored car to arrive, the suspect came out the front door unarmed and surrendered.
He was identified as 35 year old Salvador Garcia Martinez, who lived at the residence. Investigation revealed that Martinez had fired at several parked and moving cars. Four cars were damaged and a 19 year old East Wenatchee man received a minor injury when a shotgun pellet became imbedded in his cheek.
The state crime scene team was invited to help process the scene. Shotgun pellets and plastic shotgun shell wadding was found in neighbors yards and even in some yard sale items that had been displayed in a front yard.
Martinez was booked for four counts of Assault 2nd Degree and three counts of Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.
Shooting in Bridgeport 7-21-17
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 07/21/17 at approximately 11:05 PM Okanogan County Dispatch received a call of a shooting victim that had been admitted to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster.
The shooting had occurred in Bridgeport so Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to the scene.
The victim was an adult male who suffered from a single gunshot wound. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA. The victim was flown to Confluence Hospital and is reported to be stable.
The case is under investigation and no additional details are being released at this time.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch immediately.
State, federal grants awarded to improve public transportation across state
- Written by Jef Lucero, WSDOT Communications
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OLYMPIA – Approximately $230 million in newly awarded state and federal grants will help more than 80 public-transportation agencies provide better connectivity, sustained service, new buses and other mobility improvements to people in every county of Washington state.
Once the Legislature passed the 2017–2019 budget, the Washington State Department of Transportation notified the grant recipients that they could begin utilizing their funds. These grant programs allow public-transportation providers to improve services to people with special needs, seniors, veterans and the general public in their communities.
“It is so important that all citizens have the opportunity to remain active and connect with their communities. No matter their age, income or physical ability, access to reliable transportation makes that possible,” said WSDOT Public Transportation Division Director Brian Lagerberg. “These grants give local providers the ability to serve the people who need transportation options the most.”
A wide range of transportation providers received funding for a variety of projects and services. Some of the grant recipients from around the state:
- San Juan County: $120,000 to offer transportation vouchers for people with special needs.
- Central Transit: $464,529 to expand services to the general public in Ellensburg.
- Grays Harbor Transit: $2,085,120 to replace some of its fleet of 35-foot-long buses.
- Lummi Nation: $586,945 to sustain transit operations between the Lummi reservation and Ferndale.
- People for People: $2,509,918 to sustain services for persons with special needs and the general public in rural communities in Yakima County.
- Intercity Transit: $885,000 to replace 40 vanpool vehicles.
- King County Metro: $1,626,587 to increase service between Renton and Seattle.
- Spokane Transit: $3,925,000 for high-performance transit improvements and park and ride construction.
WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division administers state and federal grant awards for transit agencies and other service providers across the state. These grants improve public transportation within and between rural communities, provide transportation services between cities, purchase new buses and other equipment, and provide public-transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
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