It will cost more to take the ferry beginning this week.
According to Washington State Ferries, a passenger fare increase of 1 percent and a vehicle/driver fare increase of 2.5 percent take effect on all routes as of October 1. The rate hike is the first of a two-part increase approved earlier this year by the Washington State Transportation Commission.
For Whidbey Island riders, that means adult passengers on the Coupeville/Port Townsend route will pay $3.25; the small vehicle (under 14-feet) and driver rate will be $8.70 both routes in regular season and $11.05 during peak season; and a standard vehicle/driver (14- to 22-feet) fare will be $11.05, $14.05 in peak season.
For the Clinton /Mukilteo route, the regular adult passenger fare is $4.85; small vehicle and driver fare is $6.70 regular season and $8.50 during peak season; and the standard vehicle and driver rate will be $8.50 regular season and $10.80 peak season. To see a complete ferry schedule, click here.
It’s not all bad news, however. The single fare vehicle/driver peak season surcharge comes to an end Oct. 1. Peak season runs from May 1 to Sept. 30.
According to the WSTC, the fare increase will generate $357 million between July 1 of this year and June 30, 2017, as required by the 2015/17 state transportation budget. Fares are set to increase again by the same amount on May 1, 2016. More details are available by clicking here.