Washington state ferry fares to increase 2.5% in October

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Ferry fares in Washington state will increase 2.5% in October. The Washington State Transportation Commission approved the increase for walk-on passengers and vehicle fares that will occur this year and again in 2022. The increase is based on the transportation budget passed by the 2021 legislature that requires $377 million to be generated from fares over the next two years. The state’s transportation budget took a hit during the pandemic. Now the state has to catch up, which will make many commutes more expensive as people return to work. Seventy-five percent of ferry operations funds come from fares while the other 25% from gas tax money.