Two new vessels pushed for by Rep. Morris included in the bill
OLYMPIA – The House transportation budget unveiled on Thursday included a top priority for Representative Jeff Morris (D-Mount Vernon): funding to complete two new Olympic-class ferry vessels.
“Our fleet is aging, and with 22 million riders each year this budget addresses an issue of top concern for the people of the 40th legislative district,” said Morris. “I’m pleased to see this budget take a fiscally responsible approach that also protects our marine roadways.”
The transportation budget, which includes no taxes, allocates $107 million to fund the completion of these two vessels. They are expected to go into service in spring 2014 and winter 2015.
“We cannot continue relying on 60-year-old boats to get people to and from work and school every day. These new vessels are critical to a safe and secure ferry system for Washington State,” stated Rep. Morris.
The budget bill, House Bill 1864, was heard Thursday in the House Transportation Committee. It is expected to move forward early next week.
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