Ferry fares bumping up this fall

Aug 09, 2019

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has announced that ferry fares will increase starting Oct. 1.

In addition to fare increases in October, the WSTC approved increases starting May 1, 2020. As reported in The Beacon recently, the fares were set in order to ensure that $407 million in revenue is generated through Washington State Ferries (WSF) routes between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2021, as required in the recently passed two-year state transportation budget.

Without the increase, there would have been a shortfall of roughly $9.6 million.

Starting Oct. 1, there will be a 2.5 percent fare increase for vehicles, and a 2 percent fare increase for passengers. In May, vehicle fares will bump up another 2.5 percent, and passenger fares will go up another 2 percent. Additionally, there will be a 25-cent addition in the capital surcharge, which is dedicated to the construction of a new vessel.

The increases mean that a one-way fare for a standard passenger vehicle (14- to 22-feet) on the Edmonds-Kingston run would rise from the today’s (nonpeak season) $15.35 to $15.75 in October and $16.40 in May. That is a $1.05 increase one-way, and $2.10 for a round trip.

The summer one-way vehicle fare for a driver in a standard vehicle would increase to $20.40 next summer.

The new, full passenger fare would increase by 2 percent in October to about $8.65. Next May, it would increase by another 2 percent, plus an additional 25-cent capital surcharge, to $9.05.

For more information on transportation commission or its ferry fare proposal, go to www.wstc.wa.gov.


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