State transportation panel recommends ferry fare increase

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Transportation Commission has recommended a fare increase to cover the costs of Washington State Ferries for the next two years. Under the proposal, fares for vehicles and walk-ons would rise 2.5% on Oct. 1 and another 2.5% on Oct. 1, 2022. It would increase prices by 40 cents for vehicles and 20 cents for walk-ons. Commissioners also considered a second option to boost vehicle fares by 3.1% this fall and freeze fares for walk-ons. Then, next year, all fares would go up 2.5%. In the end, the panel chose the approach that spreads the financial impact.