Some ferry riders will pay 28 percent more come May 1

SEATTLE — Fares on Washington state ferries will increase May 1.

Washington State Ferries is implementing an across-the-board, 3 percent fare increase to help cover operating costs and meet revenue targets. This increase applies to all fare types, including vehicle/driver, walk-on, and multi-ride cards.

In addition, single-ticket prices for vehicles will increase 25 percent (except on the San Juan Islands route, where single-ticket fares increase 35 percent), as part of a peak-season surcharge. The seasonal surcharge helps pay for increased operational costs that come with increased traffic May through September. The surcharge ends Oct. 1.

There’s good news for drivers of vehicles shorter than 14 feet: They will pay 20 percent less than drivers of standard-sized vehicles. The discount increases from 10 percent. Smaller vehicles are still subject to the 3 percent fare increase and seasonal surcharge.

The Transportation Commission approved this increase in August as part of its annual review of ferry fares. The state transportation budget requires WSF to meet an overall revenue target of $310 million that must be collected from ferry fares between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013.

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