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  1. FERRY SUMMIT PRESENTATION By Terry McCarthy

  2. INTRODUCTION

  3. INTRODUCTION Thank-you • Policy Makers • Interested Citizens

  4. INTRODUCTION Caveat • Hot buttons • Sole proprietor

  5. INTRODUCTION Purpose of Presentation • Background information • Framework for discussion

  6. INTRODUCTION Structure of Presentation • Operations • Terminal facilities/Eagle Harbor • Aging Vessels • Funding

  7. OPERATIONS

  8. OPERATIONS Service Schedule • Number One State Tourist attraction • 2nd Largest Mass Transit operator • Largest Double Ended ferry system in the world • Trip Distributor

  9. OPERATIONS On Shore Service • Fare Rate and Collection Process • Vehicle/Pedestrian/Transit/Bike Access to terminal • Parking facilities adjacent to terminal • Staging options • Real time information • Employee interface experiences

  10. OPERATIONS On Water Service • Reliability • On Time Performance • Value Added Experience

  11. POLICY MAKERS PERSPECTIVE Operations • Service versus cost balance • Agency effectiveness (program delivery) and efficiency (bang for the buck)

  12. OPERATOR’S PERSPECTIVE Service Contract • Budgetary Impact Budget Drivers • Fuel • Maintenance • Overhead • Labor Costs • Terminal Staff • Vessel Staff • Maintenance Staff

  13. FERRY TERMINALS

  14. FERRY TERMINALS Ideal Terminal • Environmentally friendly • Canalized access for Pedestrians/Vehicles/Bike • Adequate staging area for customers and vehicles • Auto Slips of sufficient size and number • An overnight tie-up slip • Real Time Customer information on status of vessel and transit connections

  15. FERRY TERMINALS Ideal Terminal (cont.) • Adequate space for Employee needs: Parking, Service Vehicles, Cash Handling, First Aid, Equipment • Security elements in place • Automatic ticketing and vending • Customer Service space • Appropriate public bathroom facilities • Seamless transfer points for Transit and Kiss and Ride

  16. FERRY TERMINALS Status of Existing WSF Terminals • Aging Facilities • Geographically landlocked in growing Urban Sprawl • Wooden structures still in use • Lack of modern amenities: bathrooms, real time information, automation options • Not environmentally friendly or as secure as possible • Inadequate staging space

  17. FERRY TERMINALS Status of Existing WSF Terminals (cont.) • Not proper slip size and number of slips • Lack of slip tie-up options

  18. FERRY TERMINALS Impediments to Improving • Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness • Shoreline management act • Environmental agencies enforcement of rules and regulations • Work over water • Lack of competitive bidding pool • Engineering Realities • Lead time • Political willingness

  19. FERRY TERMINALS Existing Terminal Constraints on WSF Operations (examples) • Port Townsend/Keystone. Slip size and harbor at Keystone • Southworth. No auto access to Seattle no Passenger-Only facilities • San Juan Islands. Single slips, no tie-up or maintenance options

  20. FERRY TERMINALS Existing Terminal Constraints on WSF Operations (examples) cont. • Seattle. Traffic queuing and staging, number of auto slips • Fauntleroy. Traffic queuing, transit access • Edmonds. Single slip, railroad conflicts • Mukilteo. Traffic queuing

  21. VESSELS (Auto/Passenger Ferry)

  22. VESSELS (Auto/Passenger Ferry) Aging Fleet • Current Condition • Past/Future Condition

  23. VESSELS (Auto/Passenger Ferry) Double Ended Ferry • Inland waterway • Loading/Off Loading efficiency • Auto/Passenger Capacity • Route length requirements • Stability and safety of vessel • Amenities space

  24. VESSELS (Auto/Passenger Ferry) Double Ended Ferry (cont.) • Redundancy • Terminal configuration • Customer satisfactory • State Cultural Icon

  25. VESSELS (Auto/Passenger Ferry) Future Vessel Configurations • Change must be incremental • Terminal constraints need to be recognized • Focus on energy efficiency and lessen environmental impacts • Amenities likely reduced • Desire for service flexibility and fleet uniformity • Procurement process continued to be refined

  26. FUNDING

  27. FUNDING Pre 1999 Funding Logic Operations: • State Subsidy 40% • Large Cash Balance • Gas Tax • Fines and Fees • Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET) • Customer Subsidy 60% • Fares and purchases

  28. FUNDING Pre 1999 Funding Logic Capital: • State Subsidy 100% • Gas Tax • Bond Funds • Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET) • Federal Funds

  29. FUNDING Impact of I-695 Operations: • Cash Balance begins to be depleted • Motor Vehicle Excise Tax eliminated • Fare Box increases intended to move it to 80% recovery

  30. FUNDING Impact of I-695 Capital: • Bond Funds pledged and not available for new projects • Motor Vehicle Excise Tax eliminated • Begin to use funding normally provided other highway programs

  31. FUNDING Current Situation Operations: • Expenditure Pressures exceeding funding availability • Fare increases has diminishing returns

  32. FUNDING Current Situation Capital: • Planned six and twenty year program unfunded • Project deferrals used to balance budget

  33. FUNDING Financial Tensions • Fair equity • Route service versus route service • East side terminals versus west terminals • “Vehicle” mobility versus walk-on passengers • Who is at fault (management, labor, organizational structure, others)

  34. FUTURE UNKNOWN(Terry’s Predictions)

  35. FUTURE UNKNOWN(Terry’s Predictions) Role of Governor Proposition 1 failure Legislative Study

  36. Questions?