The Washington State Legislature's recently passed two-year state budget required $407 million in revenue from Washington State Ferries by June 30, 2021. The Washington State Transportation Commission adopted increases to the current fares at its August 6, 2019 meeting to meet the requirements. Fares will go up 2.5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers on Oct. 1, 2019, and again on May 1, 2020.
All fares will also go up 25 cents on May 1, 2020, for the capital surcharge dedicated to the construction of new vessels.
An increase to the no-show fee is still to be decided. WSTC gave WSF the authorization to increase the reservation no-show fee up to 100 percent of the one-way fare paid, based on a standard-sized vehicle. No decisions have been made yet about this increase. Decisions will be dependent on further community feedback.