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Washington State Ferry will receive $38 million from the Federal Highway Administration to improve ferry service.
Eight other Washington state ferry operators, including the King County Department of Transportation, will receive about $4 million in federal funding, bringing him $42.4 million in total to the state, The Seattle Times said. reported. Ferry spokesperson Ian Sterling said in a statement that orders had more than doubled in 2021.
A total of $172 million will be distributed across the country to improve ferry services, marking the first major release of funding since the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure law, Sterling said. said.
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35 states and 3 territories. Of those, which receive federal funding, Washington gets the largest allocation for ferries, followed by Alaska with $36 million.
Money distribution is determined by Bureau of Transportation Statisticsdata.
Washington's Ferry Service urged her has received $38 million in funding. their service. Photo: People leave Seattle on the ferry to Bainbridge Island on March 8, 2022.(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Seattle and Puget Sound area ferry passengers have experienced considerable hardship. Since last year, Seattle Route services have been reduced and canceled due to staffing shortages, boat repairs and the COVID-19 outbreak. Most recently, Kaslamet her ferry crash reduced the Fauntleroy-Vashon Island-Southworth route to one of her ships.
The Kaslamet will likely be out of service for several months, stressing the ferry system. Nineteen boats are required to run the full schedule. Washington Ferry has 21 of her boats. According to the agency, the two are always out for maintenance, leaving little room for flexibility.
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For now, crew shortage is ship shortage more serious than Sterling said federal funding will help improve the terminal and protect existing ferries.