State ferry fares to increase starting in October

A second hike planned in 2024 to meet revenue requirements

SEATTLE — The state Transportation Commission has approved a 4.25 percent fare increase on state ferries effective Oct. 1, according to a Department of Transportation press release.

The commission also approved an additional 4.25 percent increase for Oct. 1, 2024, and adopted a policy change that clarifies that fuel surcharges must be reviewed and approved by the commission before they are implemented.

The increases were made to meet revenue requirements in the state Legislature’s 2023-2025 transportation budget, DOT said.

The Port Townsend-Coupeville route will see passenger fares, which are paid in both directions, rise from $3.95 to $4.10 in October and $4.25 in 2024.

Vehicles in the 14-foot to 22-foot range will see the current fare of $13.35 rise to $13.90 in October and to $14.50 in 2024.

Walk-on passengers in Edmonds or Seattle will see the $9.45 fare increase to $9.85 in October and $10.25 in 2024; eastbound passengers from Kingston, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton will continue to ride for free.

Vehicle fares on these routes will rise from $17.20 for a standard 14-foot to 22-foot-long vehicle to $17.90 in October and $18.65 in 2024.

The above rates do not include the 25 percent peak season surcharge assessed on single-ticket vehicle fares between May 1 and Sept. 30.

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