SEATTLE - It will now cost more to ride a Washington State ferry Monday, and the increase happened during the non-peak season.
Ending the peak season, which happened Sunday, normally means a decrease from the summer months.
But Washington State Ferries says policy changes are the reason for the shift and rate hike.
This year, the general increases are relatively significant and part of a series of fare increases that hit October 1, 2017, and now in 2018.
When the State Transportation Commission proposed the fare increases, the agency estimated that it would generate millions of over existing fares between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019.
The fares add up to about $381 million for ferry operations during that time.
“I'm used to it, and they've got to keep the facilities up, and it's not cheap and I've never been anti-ferry. Clearly, I'd like to pay less,” said ferry commuter Mike Williams.
WSF says the changes include a 2.5 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles and a 2.1 percent fare increase for passengers. School groups are also seeing increases.
There was no fare increase for oversized vehicles 22 feet and longer.
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