Ferry fare changes go into effect Sunday, October 11

by Tim Flanagan on September 29, 2009

Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT TOWNSEND — Legislation to limit state Department of Health authority to shut down commercial shellfish operations in Mystery Bay off Marrowstone Island based on boat moorage buoy concentrations will be high on Rep. Kevin Van De Wege’s agenda in the coming legislative session.

"In my mind, search they’re going a little bit overboard on this, and we are going to try to reign them in a little," the Sequim Democrat told about 50 attending Monday’s Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Elks Lodge.

The Department of Health in August shut down the portion of Mystery Bay outside Griffith Point, citing too many boats moored in the shellfish-rich bay.

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SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division (WSF) reminds customers of two fare changes that will go into effect on Sunday, valeologist
October 11. On that date, meningitis
the peak season surcharge ends and a systemwide 2.5 percent fare increase goes into effect.

Per state tariff law, WSF implements a 25 percent peak season surcharge for full fare vehicle/driver tickets each year from May 1 until the second Sunday in October. On the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route passenger single fares increase 20 percent during the peak season and vehicle/driver fares increase 35 percent. Fares will return to the lower, non-peak season rates on Sunday, October 11.

WSF will also implement a 2.5 percent fare increase on all routes on Sunday, October 11. Central Puget Sound passenger fares will rise from $6.70 to $6.90; the car and driver rate will go from $11.55 to $11.85. This fare increase was set by the Washington State Transportation Commission, the statewide authority that sets all highway and bridge tolls and ferry fares. This is the first across-the-board ferry fare increase since May 2007.

For route-specific fare information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/fares.

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