Copied from WSF Weekly Update, from Amy Scarton, Assistant Secretary, WSDOT/Ferries Division
Greening our fleet is a major priority, and I’m proud to say we took a big step forward this week with the launch our Hybrid-Electric Ferry Build Program! Representatives from our many partners in the maritime industry gathered at Vigor's Seattle Shipyard on Monday to dedicate a sign marking the future construction site of the program.
WSDOT Secretary Roger Millar, Gov. Jay Inslee, Vigor CEO Frank Foti and I kicked off a new era of ferries with a symbolic sign attendees signed in show of support.
Earlier this year, state legislators and the governor authorized a contract extension for Vigor to build up to five 144-car Olympic class hybrid-electric ferries. They also approved funds for the construction of one of those vessels. Design and engineering work is currently underway. Construction is scheduled to start in late 2020, with service scheduled to begin in 2023.
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