Washington State Ferries fare increase approved

Per the Seattle Times (WSB partner), the state Transportation Commission just approved a 2.5% ferry-fare increase that takes effect in a month. But commissioners said no to a proposed 10 percent summer surcharge on top of the current peak-season surcharge. Here’s the full story.

10 Replies to "Washington State Ferries fare increase approved"

  • jiggers September 8, 2009 (5:45 pm)

    Folks who can afford to live out their should be paying way more if you ask me. They have a lot of money out on Bainbridge Island.

  • Cali101 September 8, 2009 (6:41 pm)

    Not entirely accurate Jiggers. My mom lives out there, and she can’t afford the eggregious fares, even at the senior rate. And, I know countless others in her situation. I think ferry service should be reduced, made more accessible like metro. It is another form of public transportation and it seems more like a luxary mode of travel the way it is priced.

  • Mark September 8, 2009 (6:43 pm)

    Jiggers, don’t forget all those wealthy people in Bremerton as well, they should pay double what the Bainbridge people pay!!!

  • ? Nulu September 8, 2009 (8:08 pm)

    “I think ferry service should be reduced, made more accessible like metro.” Cali 101
    If the ferry service is reduced, that would make for less service and less access.
    Would I be a spoil sport to point out that his amounts to a 20 to 30 cent increase?

  • Cali101 September 8, 2009 (8:34 pm)

    Hey thanks for calculating that for me Nulu! It’s no big deal; I love paying $25 for roundtrip fair to visit family!

  • Spendy? Nulu September 8, 2009 (10:05 pm)

    Cali101 you are certainly welcome.
    But I did not do the calculations.
    I just read the story and quoted back.
    I definitely feel your pinch; I love paying $700 round trip to visit my family in Chicago.
    Of course Cali101 could drive around by way of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and spend her $25 for gas plus another $4 for the east bound bridge fair.
    Indeed the bridge rate @ $4 for 3 miles is far more expensive than the Bainbridge Ferry on a per mile basis.

  • Cali101 September 9, 2009 (7:46 am)

    Nulu; I apologize for flippant response. It is a hot topic for me, and has nothing to do with you. Clearly we disagree and have different points of view on this, and that is ok. So instead of continuing this banter, I will respectfully bow out. :)

  • KBear September 9, 2009 (10:01 am)

    The ferries ARE a luxury mode of transportation. They’re very expensive to operate and already highly subsidized. Those who choose to live in places where they need to use them regularly should not complain about paying their fair share. The rest of us are already paying to make up the difference through our taxes.

  • CandrewB September 9, 2009 (10:14 am)

    Did we in West Seattle pay for the bridge ourselves? Was there a special property tax levy? I wasn’t here for that so I do not know.

  • ? ? Nulu September 9, 2009 (12:05 pm)

    K-Bear –
    Driving around is also a big luxury.
    So are the highways, bridges airports and mass transportation like the light rail and the SLUT.
    It is difficult to travel at all without experiencing the luxury of our infrastructure.

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