Suggestions wanted to help simplify ferry fares

The State Legislature, in cooperation with the Washington State Transportation Commission, is conducting a study assessing possible ways to simplify the ferry fare structure and payment methods, as the state works towards finding ways of making it more convenient for riders to pay their fares and lower the cost of fare collections.

Members of Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) have completed surveys. WASDOT would like to hear additional comments. If you'd like to participate in this or future surveys, please visit the FROG webpage.

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How to check for WSF updates

cheInter-island route service  is provided by the 64-car Chetzemoka (photo by Rick Galer) while the Hiyu is being repaired. The Hiyu was filling in for the Evergreen State which was filling in for a Super Class ferry which was being repaired.  The Chetzemoka is new to the islands so sailing times may vary.

Check for updates via the ferry alert bulletins on Washington State Ferries website

Ferry locations and actual departure times can be viewed on the WSF VESSEL WATCH page. Departure times are listed below the map showing the vessel locations.

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TVW documentary: Staying Afloat: Challenges Facing WSF

Staying Afloat: Challenges Facing Washington State Ferries,  an hour-long documentary by TVW host/producer Jessica Gao which aired Tuesday night on TVW, can be viewed online.

Gao profiled WSF and used more than two dozen interviews with ferry users, advocates and critics, state officials, and legislators from ferry districts and other parts of the state.

On Wednesday evening Gao interviewed David Moseley Washington State Department of Transportation, Assistant Secretary Ferries Division. An interview with State Secretary of  Transportation Paula Hammond, the Moseley interview and others are available at www.tvw.org/

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Ferry fare increase and changes adopted

PRESS RELEASE: A 2.5 percent general ferry fare increase takes effect October 1, 2011 with an additional 3 percent general fare increase beginning May 1, 2012. The May 2012 increase is intended to preclude the need for an increase in October 2012.

Other changes adopted are a new size category for cars less than 14-feet long. The fare will be reduced to 90 percent now with the goal of 70 percent within three years. Standard vehicle size is redefined as 14 to 22 feet - up from 20-feet. This should include most SUVs, pickups and mini-vans.

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Sutton quits FAC

Ed Sutton, the controversial and long-serving member of the San Juan Ferry Advisory Committee, resigned Tuesday, August 16. San Juan County Council member Howie Rosenfeld announced Sutton's sudden resignation Tuesday, August 16 during the council meeting. Rosenfeld asked council member Richard Fralick to step in temporarily and represent Orcas Island on the FAC until a replacement can be found.

Sutton volunteered hundreds of hours on the committee. He was a subject of controversy for among other things, line-jumping at the Orcas Island ferry terminal and telling Washington State Ferries they should charge passenger fees on the inter-island ferries.

 

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Still time to offer your opinion on proposed ferry fare changes

Price break for extended cab pickups considered

Members of Washington State Transportation Board of Commissioners heard from a handful of islanders when they traveled to the San Juan Islands Monday July 25 to listen to opinions on the proposed changes to Washington State ferry fares. Islanders can still influence the board's final decision by submitting comments. The Transportation Commissioners are appointed by the governor and as part of their duties set the tolls and fees for state highways including ferries.

 

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