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Ferry fares on the rise again


Last updated 8/26/2021 at 12:41pm

The Washington State Transportation Commission announced a 2.5% across-the-board ferry fare increase – for both vehicles and walk-on passengers – on Aug. 10.

The fares are set to meet requirements of the transportation budget passed by the 2021 Legislature. The budget requires $377 million to be generated from fares over the two-year budget timeframe – July 1, 2021-June 20, 2023 – resulting in a need for an additional $9.2 million in fare revenues.

Based upon input from the public, Washington State Ferries, and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariffs, the commission said the 2.5% in...

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