State ferry fares rise

Published October 4, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

Washington State Ferries (WSF) passengers began paying increased fares this week —with another bump coming next spring. The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) landed on a final version of planned fare increases last August. Starting October 1, fares increased 2.5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers. In May, fares go up another 2.5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers, but with an extra 25-cent surcharge added to fund construction of new vehicles—an increase to the existing 25-cent capital surcharge. Each ferry route has its own fare schedule, so the final increased fare amount will depend on mode of travel, age, whether the passenger has a pass or punchcard, and other variables.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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