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Spring sailing schedule starts Sunday

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Washington State Ferries moves to its spring sailings on Sunday, April 6.

WSF is also reminding ferry travelers that annual and new fare increases go into effect May 1.

The spring schedule also means a few changes, including the opening of the Sidney, British Columbia-Anacortes route with one round-trip per day; weekend inter-island service in the San Juan Islands; three boats serving the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route Saturdays and Sundays; and four mid-afternoon sailings on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route that will leave 15 minutes earlier to better match the schedule of the second ferry, which joins the route on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11.

Annual peak-season surcharges begin on May 1. Surcharges apply to single-use passenger and driver fares only (customers using multi-ride tickets are exempt). Surcharges will remain in effect through Sept. 30.

All routes (except in the San Juan Islands) will carry a 25 percent peak-season surcharge.

In the San Juan Islands, a 35 percent peak-season surcharge will be added to the cost of single-use tickets.

The second part of a two-year fare increase approved by the Washington State Transportation Commission brings the following across-the-board fare increases starting May 1.

The changes include a 2 percent general fare increase for passengers, and a vehicle fare increase of 2.5 percent.

The fares for standard vehicles (14-foot to 22-foot) rise to $13.65 (peak season, $17.05) for Central Sound routes.

For information on the 2014 spring sailing schedule, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/2014Spring.pdf.

For single and multi-ticket fare information, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/fares/.

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