If you missed last Monday’s Ferry Task Force meeting (May 2, 2011), you will soon have the chance to learn more about what happened. Over the next week, more information will be distributed here and via other island communication sources about the May 2 meeting.
Last Monday’s Monday’s meeting was important because it was the official start of Phase 2 of the Ferry Task Force’s work. (Their formal charge is to submit recommendations for possible changes to ferry fares and operations to the County Council by August 1, 2011.)
In Phase 2, the Task Force will develop and assess possible alternative changes to ferry fares (categories; prices) and ferry operations that will help enable revenues from user fares to more consistently pay for the (County ordinance-required) 55% of operating costs while meeting community transit needs.
A crucial part of Phase 2 will be the very careful evaluation of the pros and cons of various options that are suggested by members of the Task Force and community. Careful evaluation of pros and cons should reduce the odds that final recommended changes could have unintended undesirable consequences (financial or for the community).
The more of us who participate in Phase 2 — learning about various options, weighing pros and cons and sharing our ideas with each other and the task force — the more appropriate the final recommendations should be.
Throughout Phase 2, the Ferry Forum along with Brown Betty, PLIC and the Island Library will make available information and documents to help us all better understand what the Task Force is doing and provide informed input and feedback about various options.