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Fare Increases and Peak Surcharges

It’s that time of year again. Be sure to read this bulletin from WSF regarding fare increases that begin next Sunday.

Please be advised of several changes to the fares on Washington State Ferries that will take effect on May 1, 2016:

A passenger fare increase of 1% and a vehicle/driver fare of 2.5% will go into effect on all domestic sailings. May 1 also marks the date that the Peak Season surcharge goes into effect for non-commuter vehicles and drivers; multi-ride products will not be affected by the Peak Season surcharge.  Peak Season begins Sunday, May 1 and goes through Friday, September 30.

Also on May 1, the definition of over-height vehicles will change from 7’6″ to 7’2″.  Vehicles between 22-30 feet long that are over 7’2″ tall will be charged the over-height fare. The purpose of this change is to align the height threshold with the actual overhead clearance on the side vehicle decks of most ferries.

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More on proposed fare increases

The Washington State Transportation Commission will be holding four meetings for public input on the proposed far increases for this fall and next spring. Three are face-to-face and one online. The schedule for these meetings is:

  • Friday Harbor:  6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, County Administrative Office Building, Council Hearing Room, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor.
  • Whidbey Island: 6– 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave., Clinton.
  • Online Virtual Meeting:  12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 13. Details on how to participate will be posted on the commission’s website: wstc.wa.gov
  • Bremerton:  6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside, Oyster Bay Conference Room, 100 Washington Ave., Bremerton.

It is also possible to send your comments via email, the WSTC website, and through US mail. More information about the proposed increases and sharing your views is available here.

Have fares reached a tipping point?

A guest post by Ann Dasch from the Seattle Transit Blog:

“At the December 10, 2014 meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission, Chair Anne Haley questioned whether ferry fares might be in danger of rising above the tipping point, where a small increase in fares causes households to make major life changes to dramatically reduce their ferry expenditures. Survey responses, Census data, and changing ridership and fare revenue patterns indicate that has already occurred for some ferry users…

“Which customers have reached the tipping point? Research points to high volume households – those that purchase multi-ride tickets, especially commuters. While single trip passengers and drivers (including seniors) are buying more tickets than they did in 2002, multi-ride ticket sales fell dramatically..”.

Read the rest of the story here: WSF Reaches the Fare Tipping Point

Ms. Dasch serves on the Anderson Island Citizens’ Advisory Board and is has been active on the Pierce Committee since 2008. Anderson Island is served by Pierce County Ferries, not Washington State Ferries, although PCF often uses WSF fares as a guideline for fare policy.

Fare increase and peak season surcharge begins May 1

The following reminder comes to you from WSF.

ALL ROUTES:
A passenger fare increase of 2% and a vehicle/driver fare of 2.5% will go into
effect May 1 on all domestic sailings. A 2.5% increase on all international
fares will also occur. This is the second part of two part increase approved by
the Washington State Transportation Commission. In addition to these increases,
the Peak Season Surcharge also goes into effect beginning Thursday, May 1
through Tuesday, September 30 for vehicles and drivers paying full fare.
Multi-ride products will not be affected by the Peak Season Surcharge.

For details, click here.

Fare Increases Take Effect on October 1

A ride on a ferry will cost a little more beginning next Tuesday. Here is the notice posted earlier today by WSF:

ALL ROUTES:

Fare increases and policy changes that were adopted by the Washington State Transportation Commission on July 20, 2013 will take effect on Oct. 1:

•Increases of 2 percent on passenger fares and 3 percent on vehicle fares

•Increases of 4.1 percent on Anacortes/Sidney B.C. vehicle and passenger fares

•Completes a three-phase plan that was started in 2011, providing reduced fares for smaller vehicles. In this final phase, the vehicle fare for cars less than 14 feet will be charged 70 percent of the vehicle fare charged for standard vehicles (14 feet to less than 22 feet).

•Eliminates the motorcycle oversize surcharge. Vehicles that currently pay the motorcycle oversize surcharge will pay either the under-14-feet-vehicle fare or, if they are under 8-feet in length, the motorcycle/driver fare.

•Increases the youth discount (for ages 6 through 18) from the current 20 percent off the full fare, to 50 percent off the full fare.

•Multi-ride passenger passes will be available on ORCA.

San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) meets Wednesday

Our local FAC meets this coming Wednesday between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.  in Friday Harbor. (Note the change in the meeting room.) Several very important topics being addressed during this meeting.

Here is the tentative agenda:

 

SAN JUAN COUNTY FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

July 10, 2013 Regular Meeting Agenda

Council chambers, 55 Second St, Friday Harbor

 

8:30 AM Call to Order, Introductions

8:35 Public Access

8:45 Approve outstanding minutes

9:00 Legislative update – Jim

9:05 FAC/Tariff update, discussion – Jim

9:10 WSF report – Melissa Johnson, WSF

9:30 Schedules, discussion

Spring OTP data review

9:45 Reservations planning

10:00 WSF public meeting; plans for future public forums

10:15 Schedule for upcoming FAC meetings

10:20 New business; Additional public access (time permitting)

10:30 Adjourn

Opportunity to give input on fare increases

Members of the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) will be on the interisland ferry Monday afternoon (July 8) and in Anacortes Monday evening for community input on proposals related to ferry fare increases and modifications. The notice sent from WSTC is shown below.

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released a proposal increasing ferry fares and modifying some fare policies. The WSTC is gathering public comments now so please get involved and share your views.

Here is a summary of the proposed changes – all would take effect on October 1, 2013, unless otherwise noted:

Across-the-board general-fare increase: 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.

Fare increase for the Anacortes-Sidney, BC route: 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.

Consolidate the current one-way fares to and from Friday Harbor and Sidney, BC, into one round-trip fare.

Complete implementation of a three-phase plan that was started in 2011, providing reduced fares for smaller vehicles. In this final phase, the vehicle fare for cars less than 14 feet will be charged 70 percent of the vehicle fare charged for standard vehicles (14 feet to less than 22 feet).

Eliminate the motorcycle oversize surcharge. Vehicles that currently pay the motorcycle oversize surcharge will pay either the under 14 feet vehicle fare or the motorcycle fare depending on their size.

Increase the youth discount from the current 20 percent off the full fare, to 50 percent off the full fare.

The WSTC is holding several public meetings in ferry-served communities to gather comments. Meeting dates and locations are as follows (further details are on the WSTC web site linked below):

Monday July 8 – San Juan Islands Interisland Ferry (in the afternoon) and Anacortes (in the evening)

Wednesday, July 10 – Coupeville

Thursday, July 11 – Vashon Island

Monday, July 15 – Bainbridge Island

Tuesday, July 16 – Port Orchard

The Commission is expected to make a final decision on the proposed changes at their final hearing on July 30th at 3:00 pm in Seattle at Union Station. The public will be able to testify at the final hearing as well.

If you cannot make it to one of the public meetings, you can provide comments a few other ways:

Email: transc@wstc.wa.gov

Phone: 360-705-7070

In writing: WSTC Fare Proposal / PO Box 47308 / Olympia, WA 98504-7308

For more detail on the proposed changes and upcoming public meetings, please visit the WSTC web site: http://wstc.wa.gov/WhatsNew/FerryFareRateSettingPublicOutreach.htm

Dan O’Neal, Chairman

Washington State Transportation Commission