House speaker questions ferry system's hiring expectations
February 23, 2022
State Transportation Department officials last week told legislators the ferry system needed to quickly hire at least 166 new crew in order to meet minimum staffing levels for this summer’s schedule starting in May.
“Staffing goals for the summer season will not be met at current recruitment rates,” the department reported in its presentation to the House Transportation Committee on Feb. 15. Insufficient staffing could result in scaling back ferry service plans.
About 350 new hires would be even better, covering vacancies due to sick leave and vacations and allowing the system to redu...