Nancy Ging forwarded this email exchange with Barbara Brenner to the Ferry Forum concerning Public Work’s announcement of greatly reduced parking during dry dock.
From: Nancy Ging
Sent: Aug 4, 2011 12:16 PM
Cc: Colleen McCrory , WynneBill Lee , “Whatcom County Council Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)” , Pete Kremen , Frank Abart
Subject: Re: 2011 Dry Dock Parking Map
Thanks, Barbara. That’s exactly the kind of thing I was thinking about. If we and the County are going to pay a fortune to keep operating the ferry at Gooseberry for another 35 years, there have to be ways for people to get back and forth legally without getting their cars towed and without the stress of wondering if they’ll be able to find a place to park or have to stay on the mainland every night after working all day. This is going to be a problem during drydock for every one of those 35 years. Frank can ask everyone to be frugal about how they use the spaces, and the majority of us will be (and always have been). But the reality is that every commuter, everyone who has a health problem that requires getting to town either frequently or quickly, everyone with kids who do extracurricular activities–all those people need transportation on the mainland during drydock. Drydock parking has always been difficult, but at least it has usually been possible to find a legal spot eventually. Reducing the spaces by one third makes the situation desperate. Right now there are no reliable and reasonable alternatives for most people to get to town without a car. The bus service is simply too infrequent, difficult to manage with a load of supplies, and scheduled badly to match the ferry times.
On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 8:56 AM, <BBGUN1010@aol.com> wrote:
Thanks, Barbara! Is the County working on developing alternative options? The parking has never been adequate during drydock, and reducing it by a third is going to create some real hardships.