Weekly news roundup

Note: Many apologies for the lack of “roundups” in the past six weeks. I moved house and got a bit behind on work, necessitating a lot of catch up. Weekly roundups should resume normally now šŸ˜‰

The big news is that the Transportation Commission has approved fare increases, which will go into effect October 1st. From the San Juan Islander:


Implements across-the-board, general fare increases:

  • 2 percent increase on passenger fares and 3 percent increase on vehicle fares
  • 2 percent increase on passenger fares and 2.5 percent increase on vehicle fares on May 1, 2014

Increases fares for the Anacortes-Sidney, BC:

  • 4.1 percent increase on Anacortes-Sidney vehicle and passenger fares
  • 2.5 percent increase on Anacortes-Sidney vehicle and passenger fares on May 1, 2014

An editorial in the Seattle Times puts the increases into perspective, with some good data on rate increases over the years, farebox recovery, etc:

Yes, riders should pay more to use Washington ferries


And finally, the newest 144-car ferry Tokitae heads into the water for the first time:

A note about the new ferry’s name (although I have yet to find out how it should be pronounced):

Tokitae: Ā The first of the 144-car ferries under construction will be named Tokitae. Taken from Chinook jargon, this Coast Salish greeting may be translated as, ā€œnice day, pretty colorsā€ and also is the name given to an orca whale captured at Penn Cove, near Keystone, in 1970. Tokitae was brought to a marine park in Miami 40 years ago, where she was put into service as an entertainer, and re-named Lolita. She is the last survivor of the 45 Southern Resident Orcas captured in Washington state during the capture era of the 1960s and 70s. Such captures were banned in Washington state waters in 1976.

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One thought on “Weekly news roundup

  1. Ann Dasch

    I think it is important to note that beginning Oct 1, children ages 6 to 18 will be charged the same half-price fare as senior and disabled passengers. As a result, a family of four (or more) traveling together on the ferry will actually pay less than they do today. (This restores the policy in place prior to 1999.)

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