New ferry fare increases take effect Thursday

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 7:40 AM

MUKILTEO -- Planning on taking the Washington State Ferry to work this morning or this summer? Fares across the board are going up starting Thursday. 

Users will be hit twice, first with the annual peak-season surcharge goes into effect Thursday. The surcharge remains in effect through September 30.

On top of that, fares across the board are going up, too. Starting Thursday, passengers will pay two percent more and drivers will pay 2.5 percent more.

Here are some fare comparisons for popular routes:

Edmonds-Kingston:

  • Last summer: $16.40 
  • May 1: $17.30

Mukilteo/Clinton:

  • Last summer: $9.75
  • May 1: $10.30

Anacortes/San Juans (round-trip):

  • Last summer: $57.35
  • May 1: $60.65

 

Ferry users say they're split on the new prices.

“It’s a shame. I can afford it but there’s a lot of people who cannot, so yeah it’s too bad,” said Diane Fiumara, a frequent ferry rider.

“I think the fares are under-priced and this hike is long overdue,” said commuter Jeff Todd.

Anyone who uses the ferry will be affected by the rate increase. There are about 23 million passengers every year.

The Washington State Transportation Commission approved the price increase to meet its overall revenue target of $328 million.

Related: Compare fares on Washington State Ferry routes 

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