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Originally published Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM

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WA Transportation Commission OKs ferry fare hike

The Washington Transportation Commission has voted to increase fares on state ferries by 2.5 percent across the board, effective Oct. 11.

The Associated Press

SEATTLE —

The Washington Transportation Commission has voted to increase fares on state ferries by 2.5 percent across the board, effective Oct. 11.

That means the central Puget Sound round-trip passenger fare will rise from $6.70 to $6.90; the one-way car and driver rate will go from $11.55 to $11.85.

The commission on Tuesday also rejected a proposal to add a 10 percent "super surcharge" during the months of July and August.

An existing 25 percent peak-season surcharge for vehicles remains in effect; the summer surcharge would have been on top of that.

Commissioners said they were concerned about how a summer surcharge would affect those on fixed incomes, especially since fares would be increasing.

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