UPDATE August 4, 2015: The Count Council will hold a public hearing tonight (Aug. 4) prior to voting on the new fare ordinance:
In reading the proposal, note that our present (the old) fare schedule does not show the $3/ticket surcharge in the fares. That surcharge was added on, at purchase, and makes the previous ‘total cost’ of current/old tickets look misleadingly low, especially for multi-ride tickets. The new schedule shows the complete total cost – no ‘surcharge’ but the $$ is often the same as the old fare + surcharge.
Previous: At last night’s June LIFAC meeting, Randy Rydel and Rob Ney (Public Works) presented their proposed fare changes, with rationale. Fares would be a bit lower for the ‘most common’ users (especially for multi-ride tickets), i.e., pedestrians/passengers and car/driver; trucks and other large vehicles would have slightly higher fares. The full presentation is here: PW full 2015 Fare proposal 2015-06-02. The 3 page handout is here: LIFAC Fare Handout from Public Works 6-2-15.
The proposal includes the general goals underlying the proposal, which are similar to those of LIFAC’s December proposal and the 2011 Ferry Task Force. Both files include a spreadsheet comparing the proposed PW and earlier LIFAC fare changes. The proposal was developed through discussions with County Executive Louws and members of LIFAC.
After questions and discussion, LIFAC voted to approve sending the proposal to the County Council.
- Public Works asks to put the proposal on the agenda of the Council’s Public Works committee for review.
- If/when that committee decides to move it forward (as is, or modified), it will be sent to the whole County Council.
- The Council will introduce the proposed fare (fee) change ordinance or send it back to the PW committee with requests for changes
- Once introduced, the Council will schedule public hearings, after which they can request further changes. Eventually they will vote the proposed new ferry fee structure (with any modifications made along the way).
- At least another couple of months will be needed to implement the changes.
- The earliest possible date for changed fares would be sometime late in 2015.
Thanks to LIFAC for their work on this important issue, especially Mike McKenzie who kept moving the effort forward and Chuck Antholt and Chris Colburn who worked for many months to develop and explain an initial LIFAC fare proposal to the full LIFAC committee and to Public Works.
Note: ~15 audience members including Barbara Brenner, chair of the Council PW committee, attended this meeting