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Friday, May 13, 2011
Susan Harris-Huether, Senior Programs Manager, 206-515-3460 (Seattle)
SEATTLE – Washington State Ferries (WSF) has won a Commuter Challenge Diamond Award for a rideshare program that sends vanpoolers and carpoolers to the head of the line with fare discounts, cutting their travel time.
The annual award recognizes the Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division for “implementing an innovative trip reduction program that dovetails with regional transit agencies and local public vanpool programs to provide incentives of priority ferry loading and time incentives,” said Stephen Gerritson, vice president of enterpriseSeattle, which sponsors the Diamond Awards.
By offering fare discounts and front-of-the-line service for vanpools and carpools with permits, WSF now supports 172 vanpools and 67 carpools on seven ferry routes. Not only does it save ferry commuters money and time, it also helps reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in the Puget Sound region.
“I appreciate the recognition WSF is getting for our achievements in rideshare,” said Assistant Secretary David Moseley. “For example 19 vanpools travel on the 4:20 p.m. weekday sailing from Fauntleroy – that’s 22 percent of the ferry!”
enterpriseSeattle is an economic development partnership charged with the mission of building a competitive, world-class economy in King County and its 39 cities. The organization has been recognizing excellence in commuter programs since 1997.
More information about the Diamond Awards is available at www.commuterchallenge.org/diamond.html. To learn more about WSF’s vanpool and carpool programs, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/rideshare.
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