Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island hosts talk on WSF plan

  • Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:30am
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Washington State Ferries is looking 20 years into the future, and a WSF official will highlight the agency’s long-range plan at the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island’s dinner meeting on Monday, Sept. 10 at Wing Point Country Club.

Charles Prestrud, special projects manager for WSF, will be the guest speaker for the program. Prestrud will give an overview of the state system’s draft 2040 plan — including a detailed description of key themes and issues.

A summary of the findings coupled with draft recommendations will also be provided, and Rotary members said the meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns relative to the ferry system’s impact on Bainbridge Island life.

Prestrud is a lifelong resident of the Puget Sound area and graduated from the University of Washington, where he studied economics and geography. His public sector transportation planning experience began in 1986 when he went to work in Snohomish County for Community Transit. Eventually he became system-planning manager for the agency with responsibility for long-range planning and regional coordination.

In 2001, he joined the Washington State Department of Transportation and worked for the Urban Planning Office in Seattle. That office had responsibility for long-range planning in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. In 2015, he became planning manager for King and Snohomish counties in WSDOT’s Northwest Region Office. This January, he joined the team working on WSF’s long-range plan.

Prestrud has also served on several transportation research board committees that review research papers and make recommendations for further study of transportation problems and issues. He currently is a member of the Transportation Economics committee.

The public is invited to attend the dinner meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., and participate in this informational interaction. There is a charge and reservations are required. The cost of the buffet dinner is $25; RSVP to Kate Smith at by Sept. 17.

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