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Washington State Ferries to increase ferry fares by 4.25% increments over the next two years

Washington, (Qnnflash) – Starting from October 1, Washington State Ferries is implementing a fare increase of 4.25% for all car travel on their routes. The decision was approved by the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) on August 10. This fare adjustment is set to take place in two phases, with the initial increase on October 1, 2023, and a subsequent 4.25% increase scheduled for October 1, 2024. The move follows the recommendations of the Washington State Ferries (WSF) and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariff, aligning with the mandates outlined in the Transportation Budget passed by the 2023 Legislature.

The fare adjustments are necessitated by budgetary requirements, aiming to accumulate a total of $419 million over the next two years. These funds will contribute to operational expenses and associated taxes within the specified timeframe of July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025.

The new fare rates will vary based on the route and vehicle size. The changes will be felt across different routes, and a few notable examples include:

  1. Seattle – Bremerton: Passenger Fare set at $9.85, and Small Vehicle Fare at $14.10.
  2. Southworth – Vashon Island: Passenger Fare adjusted to $6.50, and Small Vehicle Fare at $17.90.
  3. Anacortes – Lopez: Passenger Fare will be $15.85, and Small Vehicle Fare at $32.25.
  4. Anacortes – Friday Harbor: Passenger Fare set at $15.85, and Small Vehicle Fare at $45.85.

The fare increases have been introduced to meet the financial obligations outlined in the state’s Transportation Budget and to sustain the operational viability of Washington State Ferries’ services. The adjustments are part of a strategic plan to ensure the continued availability and quality of ferry services for the public.

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