Transportation Commission to discuss ferry fare changes, island transportation issues in Friday Harbor

Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308
Contact: Reema Griffith, WSTC Executive Director, 360-705-7070 (Olympia)

Hybrid in-person/virtual meeting takes place June 21.

FRIDAY HARBOR – The Washington State Transportation Commission will meet in Friday Harbor on Wednesday, June 21, to hear from city and county leaders about transportation initiatives and challenges. Commissioners will also discuss changes to ferry fares and release a proposal for public comment.

The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, in the San Juan County Council Chambers, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor, and the public is welcomed to attend. The meeting will also be streamed live on TVW. Those wishing to participate virtually may register on the commission’s website. Virtual and in-person public comment is scheduled at 1:45 p.m. Written comments can also be submitted via email to

On Wednesday at 1 p.m., the commission will receive ferry fare change recommendations from Washington State Ferries and representatives from the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariff and will also review public input gathered through an online survey and public meetings. After taking public comment, the commission will select its proposed ferry fare changes that will go before the public for review and comment through July 30. The fare proposal along with other information on the commission’s 2023 fare-setting process can be found online.

Other topics to be covered at the Friday Harbor meeting include:

  • Resilience in transportation infrastructure: The commission will hear about how sea-level rise is affecting roadways and other infrastructure in San Juan County.
  • Making regional connections: Perspectives will be shared on the increasing importance of regional coordination and transportation planning to the San Juan Islands.
  • Economic development in San Juan County: Those playing a role in economic development will discuss work to support San Juan County’s tourism-based economy while also ensuring a high quality of life for year-round residents.
  • Air and sea connectivity: Public agencies and private transit operators will discuss the vital links they provide from the San Juan Islands to the mainland.

The commission holds meetings throughout the state each year to get insight from local government, industry and residents about transportation issues that affect their communities and the region. This information helps commissioners develop and implement transportation policies and make recommendations to the Legislature and the governor.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit the commission’s website:


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by the Commission Office at 360-705-7070 or Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Title VI Notice to Public
It is the Washington State Transportation Commission’s (WSTC) policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OECR’s Title VI Coordinator 360-705-7090.