Higher, peak-season fares for the Washington state ferries go into effect Thursday and last until Sept. 30. In addition, the state Transportation Department says ferry fares are increasing 2 percent for passengers and 2.5 percent for vehicles and drivers.
Rates for passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will increase from the nonpeak season rate of $17.30 to the peak season rate of $21.65. Rates for motorcyclists will increase from $9.30 to $11.65.
Some schedule changes also will go into effect starting Thursday for the Pierce County ferry between the Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.
• The Thursday run now leaving Steilacoom at 8:40 p.m. will continue year-round to allow ferry riders to attend after-school and other evening activities. This change was made possible by not restarting the Sunday run departing Steilacoom at 10 p.m., which has low ridership.
• The first weekday run will no longer stop at Ketron Island and will leave Anderson Island 15 minutes earlier, at 6:15 a.m., so commuters can get to work earlier.
• The second run on weekdays will depart Steilacoom 15 minutes earlier, at 6:45 a.m., and a stop at Ketron Island will be added.
For the full schedule and fare list, visit piercecountywa.org/ferry.steve.maynard@ thenewstribune.com