Ferry fares rise Sunday for summer

"Ferry tickets will cost 20 percent more Sunday, May 14, as Washington State Ferries implements its traditional peak season surcharge.Frequent users can avoid the surcharge by buying ticket books, which remain the same price. But tourists and others who occasionally use the ferries will pay more. The surcharge will end on Oct. 8.Also this weekend, Saturday marks the beginning of better service on the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry route. Eight hours of daily service will be added, shrinking the time between sailings from 90 minutes to 45 minutes.Susan Harris-Heuther, customer information manager for State Ferries, said the improved service at Keystone/Port Townsend is not shown on the spring sailing schedule. In late April, the state Legislature approved the supplemental budget which included money for eight hours of additional Keystone/Port Townsend service during the shoulder seasons, May 14 to June 17, and then, after the summer schedule, Sept. 24 to Oct. 7. For a new schedule, ask at any ferry terminal, call 1-888-7977, or visit the Website:"

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