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FERRIES: Lower fares for child passengers

Almost all Puget Sound residents use the state ferries at least occasionally. Prior to 1998, kids paid half the adult fare – just like senior citizens.

Since 2003, Washington State Ferries has charged kids 60 percent more than seniors. WSF raised youth fares by dollars to save drivers dimes. Low-income children thus had less access to opportunities on the other side of Puget Sound, and all families with cars were incentivized to drive around across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Ferry ridership has been declining since 1999, despite regional population growth.

For more than two years, I have been advocating for

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TOLLS: Fewer left to pay increasing cost

Noah Crocker, senior financial analyst with the state Transportation Commission, wants to remind us how we would all be sitting in traffic without the new bridge (thenewstribune.com, 7-11).

Yes, we would. If I recall, the majority of the Gig Harbor area voted against building a new bridge.

Crocker also points out that the tolls were going to rise regardless of how we felt and the state of the economy. In fact, sooner than we want we will be paying $6 to cross. I’m willing to bet Crocker does not cross the bridge daily to go to his job.


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