The proposed "Move Ahead Washington" transportation investment package is a positive step for the Lummi Island Ferry System.
On Tuesday, February 8, the chairs of the Washington State Senate and House Transportation Committees introduced “Move Ahead Washington,” a 16-year transportation investment package. The proposal includes funding for a variety transportation needs, with an emphasis on reducing emissions, providing safe bicycle and pedestrian routes, and improving transit options. “The proposed Transportation Budget represents a substantial and smart investment in infrastructure, and I am pleased to see Whatcom County’s priorities on the project list,” said County Executive Satpal Sidhu. “These include investments in the Lummi Island ferry modernization project and the Kendall Trail. I commend the work of our legislators from the 42nd and 40th legislative districts for their tireless efforts in support of Whatcom County’s funding requests.” The transportation package includes $5.3 million for the Lummi Island Ferry System Modernization and Preservation Project. These funds will be used for preconstruction work as well as construction work at the ferry terminals to prepare them for the new vessel. The proposed funding package also includes money for the Kendall Trail (also known as State Route 547 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Trail) with $4.1 million allocated. The project will help create a safe biking and walking path adjacent to the state highway in Columbia Valley.