The Ferry Riders Opinion Group really wants to hear my thoughts on Whidbey Island ferry runs. Every AM another survey invitation in my inbox.
I’ve been deleting them because several friends who ride the ferry much more than I do have shared their opinions with the decision makers. Those opinions cancel each other out, so I figure whatever the system has already decided will happen. Cynical or realistic? Your call.
I like our Puget Sound ferries, I’ve always liked them, from the old Kalakala, to the Superferries of the 70s, to the foot ferries, so I’m sure I’ll like whatever comes next. Barring a few of them sinking due to pitted hulls. That I wouldn’t much like.
As a Seattle native, I’ve ridden ferries all my life. Back in my high school and college years, parking (not that kind of parking) under the Viaduct, or at Edmonds waterfront park, or the Mukilteo light house and walking aboard a ferry was a favorite cheap date. I suppose today’s parking costs and ferry fares have moved that from the cheap column into the special column. (It’s all in the marketing, guys.)
No one else wants to freeze their @$$#$ off.