Time is running out to name the next ferry
The Washington State Transportation Commission is asking residents submit suggestions for the third Olympic class ferry to join the state’s fleet.
However, time is running out. The deadline for ferry name suggestions is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.
All submittals must conform to the Transportation Commission’s guidelines (listed below). They must also provide background information on the proposed name and proof of widespread public support.
This is commonly done via local press stories, letters of support from local/regional/ state bodies and officials, local petitions, and any other appropriate supportive information.
Name proposals should be sent to: Washington State Transportation Commission, PO Box 47308, Olympia, WA 98504-7308 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission has established the following guidelines to assess ferry name suggestions:
• Names for ferries should carry statewide significance and represent our state’s image and culture.
• Specifically, names should represent such things as: state adopted symbols, tribal names, names of bodies of water, geographic locations, cities, counties, relate to nautical heritage, etc.
• Consideration will be given to the consistency with existing Washington State Ferries fleet names.
• Names should have broad familiarity, are non‐offensive and meet ethical standards.
• Names with commercial overtones or names honoring or commemorating individuals should be avoided, but will be considered upon very careful review.
Following the Sept. 12 deadline, the Transportation Commission will begin its review and public comment process for the eligible name suggestions.
This will include input from Washington State Ferries, the Ferry Advisory Committee Executive Council and the general public. Final selection of the name will occur at the commission’s Nov. 19 meeting in Lakewood.
Many of the 23 vessels in Washington State Ferries’ fleet have names reflecting the state’s tribal, geographic and historic heritage. The most recently named vessels – Samish and Tokitae – are in keeping with that tradition.
The three Olympic class vessels will replace the aging Evergreen State class ferries of the 1950s. The new ferries have the capacity to carry 144 cars and 1,500 passengers.
The Tokitae (“toe-kee-tay”) was launched into service on the Mukilteo-Clinton route on June 30.
The ferry is named after Tokitae, a Washington orca better known as Lolita at the Miami Seaquarium. It is also a Salish greeting meaning "nice day, pretty colors."
The Samish vessel was named after the local Native American tribe meaning “giving people.” The Samish's sailing route has yet to be officially decided.
Additional information on ferry naming can be found on the commission website at http://www.wstc.wa.gov/Naming/default.htm.
-Edited by Beacon staff