State Transportation Commission Increases Ferry Fares for the Next Two Years

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Due to state budget requirements, the rates to ride the ferry are going up this year and again the next.

At a meeting on Thursday August 10th, the Washington State Transportation Commission approved increases in ferry rates by 4.25% both this year and next; each taking place on October 1st.

This is a total increase of 8.5% over the next two years.

The new rates are to keep revenue in line with the requirements that were set in the 2023-2025 state transportation budget passed by the legislature this year.

The budget requires $419 million in revenue to be generated from the ferry service over the next two years. 57% of the fares for riding a ferry in our state go to operations of the state ferry system itself and the rest is collected from other statewide taxes.

Also approved at the meeting on August 10th is the new fuel surcharge rule; it clarifies that a fuel surcharge can only be implemented after review and approval by the commission itself.

The one discount that was approved is the increase for multi-ride passes by 1% but that will end on September 30, 2025.

The new higher fares start this year on October 1st and the second 4.25% increase is next year on October 1st.

For more information on the commission’s fare-setting process, visit: wa.gov/ferry-fares/2023e-setting/-2025-ferry-far