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February 28, 2013

Proposal would allow ferries to be built outside state

OLYMPIA (AP) — Under a proposal discussed in the Washington state Senate Transportation Committee, ferries plying the Puget Sound would no longer have to be built in Washington state, fewer apprentice workers would be involved in building them and the state would limit the money it pays for cost overruns.

Taken together, the proposed changes are intended to bring down the cost of buying and building new ferries to be integrated into the aging white-and-green painted fleet in the wake of a recent state auditor's report finding that ferries built in Washington state can cost as much as 40 percent more as those built elsewhere.

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