If you’ve waited in frustratingly long lines for ferries to and from Washington’s San Juan Islands, relief is on the way. Starting next year travelers will be able to get vehicle reservations on ferries. Reservations will be available for sailings from Anacortes to Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez islands and for the return voyage from…More
We all love to gripe about Washington ferries. They’re too expensive. They’re too crowded. They need a reservation system on more routes.
But after riding some ferries in British Columbia recently, I’m singing the praises of Washington State Ferries — especially of their far cheaper fares.
British Columbia has privatized its ferries in recent years, and the fares have soared asMore
The round-trip fare for a standard car and driver riding on Washington State Ferries to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands would top the ouch-worthy $60 mark by next summer under proposed fare increases. But a family of four including two teenagers would pay a little less than they’re paying this summer for that same trip.
The fare break for families is part of a special provision in the fare package now being aired in a slate of hearings by the Washington State Transportation Commission.
The plan calls for a 2-percent passenger rate increase and 3-percent vehicle fare increase in October, followed by another 2-percent passenger increase and 2.5-percent vehicle increase next May. The increases would affect all routes, not just the San Juans, and the Transportation Commission says rates must go up to meet legislative mandates. See the full proposal here.
But while other rates go up, the passenger fare for youths, ages 6-18,More
Going to the San Juan Islands? You can get stuck in the ferry line, sometimes for hours, on summer weekends.
I had a couple hours to kill at the Anacortes ferry terminal recently after missing a ferry to Orcas Island. Bored with sitting in the car, I scrambled down a narrow dirt path to the beach just below the vehicle lanes (Washington State Ferries hasn’t been able to build a proper trail yet).
It’s a rocky, nice little beach where families waiting for the ferries play. But what I really enjoyed is a nearby new boardwalk and gravel pathway that meander throughMore