State Transportation Commission adopts new ferry fares for the next two years

Ferries cross with the Olympic Mountains providing a backdrop. (File photo)

The Washington State Transportation Commission at its Thursday, Aug. 10 hearing approved adjustments to ferry fares beginning this fall. The changes in fares were made to ensure the state meets revenue requirements set forth in the 2023-25 state Transportation Budget passed by the Legislature and enacted by the governor this year.

The adopted fare changes will:

– Raise passenger and vehicle fares by 4.25% on Oct. 1, 2023, and again on Oct. 1, 2024.

– Increase the current discount for multi-ride passes by 1%. The additional discount for the multi-ride passes will expire on Sept. 30, 2025.

The commission also adopted a policy change to the fuel surcharge rule to clarify that a fuel surcharge can only be implemented after review and approval by the commission.

For information on the commission’s fare-setting process, visit the fare-setting section of the commission’s website,

  1. If a car and driver had to pay the actual cost to cover all the expenses of this system; the fare would be at least $100 round trip to Kingston and back. These current fares are a total bargain and a boat truly is, “a hole in the water into which you have to throw money.”

    1. Clinton that would be correct ferry boats are the worst form of public transportation. That said who doesn’t like a boat ride.

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