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Ferry riders could see fare bumps over next year


Last updated 7/2/2019 at Noon

The 144-car Suquamish pulls into Edmonds earlier this year. The cost to ride this boat, and all others, could increase in October.

All those who board the Washington State Ferries' boats – by car, by walk-on, by bike, by motorcycle, etc. – may soon feel a little lighter in the wallet as the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) wants to increase fares in October.

The WSTC proposal includes two fare increases over the next year, as well as an increase in the capital surcharge paid with each fare. The increases are required by the state Legislature – signed off by Gov. Jay Inslee – in order to help with the costs of day-to-day operations, the construction of a new ferry vessel, as well as converting...

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