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 …