Welcome

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released its 2019/20 ferry fare and fare policy proposal for public review and comment. You have come to the right place to learn more about the proposed changes and share your comments and thoughts.

The WSTC will hold a hearing from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, August 6th to make a final decision on each of the proposed changes, so don’t wait to provide your comments. The meeting will be held at Puget Sound Regional Council's Board Room, 1101 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle.  

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Washington State Ferries fares are being revised for 2019/2020.

Proposed changes to fares and fare policy – learn more and share your feedback!

Components of the fare proposal

The proposed fare changes presented here were determined based upon input from Ferry Advisory Committees, Washington State Ferries, and public input gathered at community meetings held in April and May, 2019.

The Transportation Commission is required by law to set fares at levels that will generate the amount of revenue required in the 2019-21 Transportation Budget. 

Proposed Tariff Schedule by route for October 1, 2019

Proposed Tariff Schedule by route for May 1, 2020

Share your feedback

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Tell us what you think!
1. Do you support or oppose the following proposed changes?
Space Cell SupportNeutralOppose
General fare increases of 2.5% for vehicles in October 2019 and May 2020 to support operations costs
General fare increases of 2.0% for passengers in October 2019 and May 2020 to support operations costs
A 25 cent capital surcharge increase in May 2020 to support building new vessels
A fare increase of 5% in October 2019 and May 2020 for oversized vehicles over 22’ on the Anacortes/Sidney, BC route to more closely align with competing routes
Authorization of possible pilot programs for Good to Go! and low-income fares
Increasing reservation no show fees to further discourage no shows
Other described changes to regulatory language
2. How often do you ride a WSF ferry?
3. When you ride a ferry, what mode of transportation do you use most often?
4. Which route do you ride most often?

Next steps

Thank you for participating in this online open house for the 2019/2020 ferry fare proposal. We hope that you stay engaged as this moves forward!

June 26-July 29

Public comment period for Transportation Commission fare proposal

August 6, 2019

Transportation Commission holds adoption hearing on tariff proposal

October 1, 2019

Adopted fares go into effect

May 1, 2020

Adopted fares go into effect

Roles and responsibilities

  • WSTC adopts fares and policies via a public process that allows for input before final decisions are made. 
  • WSF reviews its fares in collaboration with Ferry Advisory Committees and other stakeholders, and develops recommendations for the WSTC's consideration.
  • Data gathered from the Ferry Riders Opinion Group surveys and public comments were reviewed and considered in developing the proposed changes.