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Peak-season changes for Pierce County ferries to start Wednesday

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on April 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm with No Comments »
April 26, 2013 3:46 pm

The peak-season schedule and fares for Pierce County ferries will go into effect Wednesday.

A variety of fares will increase. And there will be several schedule changes. The county’s ferry system operates service between the Town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island.

Here’s Pierce County’s news release:

Peak season Pierce County ferry rates, schedule start May 1

Peak season on the Pierce County ferry will bring changes to fare rates and the schedule. Peak season runs May 1 to September 30.

Fare rates

Peak season fares start May 1 for Pierce County ferry passengers that drive a vehicle or motorcycle onto the ferry. Walk-on passenger rates are the same year-round, and bicycles can be walked on at no extra cost. Riders will not be able to use non-peak season tickets once peak season begins.

Passengers driving vehicles 21 feet in length or less will see their rates increase from the non-peak season rate of $16.80 to the peak season rate of $21, while passengers driving motorcycles will see an increase from $9.05 to $11.30. Rates for seniors or disabled drivers will increase from $14 to $17.55.

The five-trip commuter pass for vehicles 21 feet in length or less remains at $67.15, while the five-trip pass for motorcycle commuters remains at $36.10.

Schedule changes

During peak season, the Thursday run leaving Steilacoom at 8:40 p.m. does not operate. Similarly, the runs leaving Anderson Island at 9:10 p.m. and Ketron Island at 9:30 p.m. do not operate. These runs were added to the schedule in 2013 primarily to accommodate those attending school events.

During peak season, a later run is added on Sunday nights to accommodate summer visitors. The run departs Steilacoom at 10 p.m.; Anderson Island at 10:30 p.m.; and Ketron Island at 10:50 p.m. The non-peak season run departing Ketron Island on Sundays at 9:30 p.m. will be replaced by the 10:50 p.m. run.

On Fridays from July 1 through Labor Day, the last trip of the day will run one hour later. This means the 10 p.m. departure from Steilacoom will shift to 11 p.m.; the 10:30 p.m. departure from Anderson Island will change to 11:30 p.m.; and the 10:50 p.m. departure from Ketron Island will shift to 11:50 p.m.

The schedule will change Memorial Day, July 3-4, and Labor Day to accommodate holiday travelers.

The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between the town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. Visit www.piercecountywa.org/ferry for the ferry schedule and a full list of vehicle and motorcycle fares.

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