Photo courtesy WSDOT.

Transportation Commission wants your help naming next ferry

Construction of a new, hybrid electric Olympic Class ferry is expected to start in 2022.

Of course, the new, 144-car vessel will need a name, and the Washington State Transportation Commission has initiated its process to do so by seeking naming proposals from the public.

But it takes a little more work than just suggesting a name.

Sponsors of naming proposals will need to keep in mind the following: names should carry statewide or regional significance and represent our state’s image and culture; 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.; names will be given consideration for consistency with existing WSF fleet names.

Names should likewise have broad familiarity, be non-offensive, and meet ethical standards. Names with commercial overtones or names honoring or commemorating individuals should generally be avoided, but will be considered upon very careful review. In such cases, the following guidelines will apply:

•Individuals must be deceased for at least 20 years

•They must have enduring distinction and have played a significant historical role in the region and/or state

•Naming proposals submitted to the commission must identify how they conform to the above guidelines; provide background on the proposed name, making a case for the proposal; and provide evidence of public support for the name

Naming proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in both hard copy and electronic form. Hard copies are to be mailed to: Washington State Transportation Commission

PO Box 47308, Olympia, Wash., 98504-7308 Electronic copies are to be emailed to: transc@wstc.wa.gov, indicating “Ferry Naming Proposal” in the subject line.

Washington State Ferries has 21 vessels in its fleet. Many have names reflecting the state’s tribal heritage. The current Olympic Class vessels are named Chimacum, Samish, Suquamish, and Tokitae, keeping with that tradition.

Additional information on ferry naming can be found on the commission’s website at:

https://wstc.wa.gov/programs/ferry-highway-naming


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Northwest

File Photo
Face covering recommendation in indoor public spaces expands to 7 more counties

King plus Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan and Grays Harbor counties

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Supreme Court rules officers can be compelled to testify about killings

In a joint lawsuit against King County, the Washington State Supreme Court… Continue reading

Harvey Page
Sheriff’s office issues SILVER alert for missing Shoreline senior citizen

The King County Sheriff’s Office has issued a SILVER alert for 75-year-old… Continue reading

Photo courtesy WSDOT.
Transportation Commission wants your help naming next ferry

Construction of a new, hybrid electric Olympic Class ferry is expected to… Continue reading

Photo courtesy WSDOT
Traffic alerts | July 22

All lanes of SR 99 northbound and southbound at the 1st Avenue… Continue reading

Photo courtesy WSDOE.
Single-use plastic bag ban begins Oct. 1 in Washington

Washingtonians will begin to see fewer plastic bags littering the state’s roadsides,… Continue reading

Courtesy photo WSDOT,
TRAFFIC ALERT

I-90 Westbound, 7:37 a.m. : On the I-90 westbound on-ramp from East… Continue reading

Here is damage to the windshield of one of the vehicles struck in the Tuesday, July 20 debris-throwing incident.
Troopers arrest 41-year-old Seattle man for throwing debris into traffic

Troopers responded to reports of rocks/debris being thrown at cars on WB… Continue reading

infographic created by Coltura
Study suggests that the top 10 percent of gasoline-using drivers consume one-third of all the gas

Researchers believe converting “gasoline superusers” is an important factor in meeting climate goals

Most Read