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Commission votes to increase Washington ferry fares

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Commission votes to increase Washington ferry fares

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SEATTLE, Wash. – The state Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to increase fares for most people who travel on Washington state ferries.

The fare hikes totaling about 6 percent will be phased in over the next year.

The increases will raise more than $320 million over the next two years to meet state budget requirements set by the Legislature.

Adult passenger fares will increase 2 percent and vehicle fares will increase 3 percent on Oct. 1.

Passenger fares will go up another 2 percent and vehicle fares 2.5 percent on May 1, 2014.

Increases would be higher for routes in the San Juan Islands.

For some passengers, fares will be going down.

For example, people driving vehicles under 14 feet will get a discount.

Youth fares will also be going down.