Norma requests meeting with WA. State Ferry leader regarding design and durability of vessels.

By Jerry Cornfield, Herald Writer

OLYMPIA — A Whidbey Island lawmaker who asked why the state’s newest ferries list, vibrate and consume so much fuel isn’t satisfied with the answer she’s received from the leader of Washington State Ferries.

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, said the Aug. 17 response did not ease her concerns about the design and durability of the 64-car vessels and now she wants to meet with those running the ferry system.

“The answers in this letter are substantially inadequate,” Smith said Wednesday. “They simply do not match what I’ve learned from other professionals with intimate knowledge of the vessels and their challenges.”

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