Langley mayor joins the calls for new ferry

South Whidbey has another voice that will advocate for a new 144-car ferry — Langley Mayor Tim Callison.

Callison got the green light from the Langley City Council on Oct. 3 to pen a letter to Washington State Ferries detailing why the Mukilteo-Clinton route needs a new ferry.

“I think it will help now that there are a lot of communities requesting this activity and we should be all involved now,” Callison said.

Callison said the letter will be similar to the one the Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization sent Washington State Ferries on Sept. 28. The letter was penned by organization President Helen Price Johnson, who is also an Island County commissioner; it lists a host of reasons why the new ferry should be homeported in Clinton. They include improved reliability, demand and resolving the mismatch between the two current ferries serving the route. One carries 124 cars and the other 144.