Higher ferry fares start soon

Ferry travelers will see higher fares starting Saturday, Oct. 1.

The new fares, adopted last month by Washington State Transportation, include a general fare increase of 2.5 percent. There is also a per-ticket surcharge of 25 cents to help pay for the construction of new ferries.

A new fare category for vehicles less than 14 feet long also starts on Oct. 1.

The start of the fall sailing schedule is Sunday, Sept. 25, and that means fewer ferries or sailings on some routes.

The fall sailing schedule is available on the Washington State Ferries website at, and travelers can also pick up copies at ferry terminals and on vessels.

WSF is reminding travelers that two-boat service on the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route will end Oct. 11, leaving just the 64-car M/V Salish on the route until the peak summer season next year.

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