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WSF fare increase to kick in Monday

Beginning Monday, both the Washington State Ferries’ peak season surcharge and the latest fare increase will take effect.

The peak season surcharge equals about 25 percent on most routes and “is tied to the months with the highest traffic demands,” explained Traci Brewer-Rogstad, WSF director of operations. “During the late spring and summer, there is more demand for car space than we have capacity and the higher rates reflect the premium space.”

The surcharge does not apply to passenger fares or frequent user fares. However, the 6-percent fare increase affects all fare types.

For the Triangle route, the price for a car-and-driver trip from Southworth to Fauntleroy will raise 50 cents to $8.70, while the cost of a Frequent User book for the same route will be eight dollars more at $139.20.

Passenger fares will increase from $4.70 to $5, and round-trip passenger-only fares from Seattle to Vashon will rise 40 cents to $8.50.

For trips between Bremerton and Seattle, passenger fares will increase 40 cents to $6.50 roundtrip, and a trip for a car and driver will go up 80 cents to $14.10 during peak season, and 65 cents to $11.25 for non-peak.

A car commuter book will increase by 52 cents a ride, costing $180 instead of $169.60, while the monthly passenger-only books will increase by $4.10 to $83.30.

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