Transportation commission sets new ferry fares, makes changes to original proposal

Washington State Transportation Commission – NEWS
Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308

Date: July 26, 2017

Contact: Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director, 360-705-7070 (Olympia)

SEATTLE – After hearing from ferry riders during local community meetings, reviewing hundreds of emails, and gathering input from key stakeholder groups, the Washington State Transportation Commission took final action today (Wednesday, July 26) on ferry fare increases that will be implemented over the next two years. The commission made changes to its original proposal in response to public input, which resulted in benefits to passengers and bicyclists.

The commission is required to ensure ferry fares generate $381 million in operating revenue between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, as required in the recently passed two-year state transportation budget for Washington State Ferry operations. The commission’s fare proposal accomplished that but increases to passenger fares and bicycles with trailers generated the most concern from the public. In response to those concerns, the commission reduced the passenger fare increase in 2017 from 2.5 percent, to 2.1percent. The commission will also keep the fares for bicyclists towing trailers the same and applied a fare increase only to those bikes towing a kayak or canoe.

The final ferry fare adjustments adopted by the commission will take effect as follows:

October 1, 2017

  • 2.9 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
  • 0.8 percent to 1.8 percent fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and
    longer), depending on vehicle size
  • 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
  • Passengers who bring bicycles towing kayaks or canoes will pay the
    motorcycle/ stowage fare. All other bicyclists towing items other than a kayak
    or canoe would continue to pay the same fare as today (bicycle surcharge
    plus the passenger fare).

October 1, 2018

  • 2.5 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
  • No fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer)
  • 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
  • School Group passengers fare will increase from $1 per group for a one-way
    trip to $5 per group for a one-way trip

For more information on the commission, and its ferry fare proposal and fare setting process, please visit the transportation commission’s web site:


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