New Ferry Surcharge In Effect August 1

A surcharge on Guemes Island Ferry fares will take effect starting Aug. 1, 2018. The Skagit County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the surcharge on Monday, June 18.
 
Skagit County Public Works Ferry Division presented three different surcharge options to the Board of Commissioners during a presentation June 12. The options incorporated feedback received from the public after the surcharge was introduced in March 2018.

The surcharge selected by the Board of Commissioners is expected to raise approximately $235,000 annually, which represents an average per-ticket price increase of roughly 20 percent. Surcharge funds will be deposited in a separate account, and can only be used for purchase or construction of a new vessel, or for debt service resulting from construction of a new vessel.

In addition to the surcharge, the Commissioners also voted to approve two additional fare changes: Extending the expiration of vehicle punch cards from 90 to 120 days, and eliminating the fee for bicycles.

Surcharged Fare Schedule

Surcharge Resolution

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