Politics & Government

Steilacoom-Anderson Island ferry rates to increase

Fares for ferry service between the town of Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron islands will increase by 3 percent in the new year.

The increases will affect all rider categories except youth.

Fares also increased 3 percent in 2014. The Pierce County Council approved the two-step hike in November 2013.

Ferry administrator Deb Wallace said the fare increases are needed to help cover higher maintenance and operation expenses.

Starting Jan. 1, the adult walk-on fare will increase from $5.15 to $5.30. The cost for a vehicle 21 feet or less will go from $17.30 to $17.80 in the nonpeak season and $21.65 to $22.30 in the peak season.

The cost for youths ages 6 to 18 to walk on the ferry will remain $3.40.

The five-trip value pass will be $21.20 year-round for walk-on passengers, up from $20.60. The value pass for vehicles 21 feet or less will increase from $69.15 to $71.20.

Refunds on unused 2014 tickets must be requested by Jan. 10. A refund form and a full list of fare changes is available at piercecountywa.org/ferry.

Also coming up for ferry riders who travel routes serviced by state boats are schedule changes. The winter sailing schedule for Washington state ferries goes into effect Sunday.

The service to Sidney, British Columbia, is suspended in the winter, and there are fewer sailings on some Puget Sound routes.

The state ferry service also says in 2015 it’s starting online vehicle reservations for travel to and from the San Juan Islands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.