Topic: Washington State Ferries
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October 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM
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 as (more…)
July 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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…)
May 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM
If you’ve taken a car to the San Juan Islands in summer, you’ve probably sat and fumed in the long ferry line, especially on weekends.
Here are some ways to avoid the crush by going to, and getting around, the bucolic Washington islands car-free for the summer season. (Or for those who need or want to take their cars, vehicle reservations may be on the way, possibly starting in the fall/winter of 2014.)
Take the island bus. Walk on the ferry from Anacortes to San Juan Island or Orcas Island, and walk off onto a shuttle bus, called the “Scenic Byway Explorer” that meets ferries at the terminals on both islands. The bus shuttles to popular spots on both islands with a hop-on, hop-off service. There are three routes on San Juan Island and one on Orcas Island. Fares range (more…)
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