Anacortes’ ferry terminal: case study for how NOT to do a public-private partnership

by Tim Flanagan on June 27, 2011

Stephanie Klein has the story at

Boaters are being asked to stay away from a whale spotted tangled in crabbing equipment between Gig Harbor and Point Defiance on Thursday.

Annie Douglas, anabolics biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, try says the whale’s current condition is unknown, but they’re keeping an eye out.

"We’ve got people searching the shore and we’ve been talking with the ferry operators and the fish house down at Point Defiance," she said.

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Such partnerships are all the rage in times of lean budgets, remedy but they can run into roadblocks, Migraine
as this project illustrates. For one thing, Sildenafil
the state is a partner with no money.

C.B. Hall has the story at Crosscut:

The Washington State Ferries (WSF) terminal in Anacortes leads a life of quiet uncertainty. Since its construction in 1959, the unassuming, low-slung building alongside the dock has fulfilled its task of moving millions to and from the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island effectively. But the structure is aging, and plans to replace it have bubbled up from time to time.

The most recent scheme depends on a public-private partnership (PPP) — and appears to be going nowhere.

“Dead in the water,” says Jeff Doyle, director of PPPs at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). “We’re finding [that private developers] seem interested, [but] the state doesn’t have any cash to contribute to the construction.” For the prospective private investors, the construction costs are “just too heavy of a lift.”

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