Friday, December 23, 2011

Expanding Waistbands Mean Shrinking Ferry Passenger Numbers

I don't know about you, but I know I've put on a couple pounds as I've gotten older. And apparently the population's collective weight gain has caused the Washington state ferry system to reduce capacity on it's boats.

Coast Guard vessel stability rules that took effect Dec. 1 raised the estimated weight of the average adult passenger to 185 pounds from the previous 160 pounds, based on population information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That translates to a difference of almost 250 passengers per ferry!

The Spokesman-Review has the story, and my favorite quote of the day, “We do serve light beer.”

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