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WSF fall sailing schedule begins, fares set to rise Oct. 1

Aboard the Bainbridge Island-Seattle ferry. - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Aboard the Bainbridge Island-Seattle ferry.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

The fall sailing schedule for Washington State Ferries begins Sunday, Sept. 22.

The change means fewer sailings on some Washington State Ferries routes in the system.

Highlights of the fall 2013 schedule include:

• Anacortes/San Juan Islands - Four vessels in service;

• Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. - One daily roundtrip via Friday Harbor;

• Fauntleroy/Vashon Island/Southworth - Fewer sailings on weekends

• Mukilteo/Clinton - Fewer late night and early morning sailings, Thursdays through Sundays; and

• Port Townsend/Coupeville - Two-boat service continues until Monday, Oct. 14; one-boat service resumes Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Also this fall, ferry riders will see higher fares, starting Oct. 1.

The fare increases were adopted by the Washington State Transportation Commission on July 20.

The new fares and policies taking effect on Oct. 1 include:

• 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; and

• 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.

For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or call 1-888-808-7977.

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