Final ferry fare study changed from draft

The ferry media study I wrote about last week wasn’t the one handed in to the Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee. I was one draft behind, and there are some differences.

What the study doesn’t do, unlike I wrote earlier, is recommend separating car fares from driver fares, eliminating fees that generate little income, and consolidate fares among routes, Kathy Scanlan of consultant Cedar River Group informed me.

It suggests charging the same fare for Southworth-Fauntleroy, Southworth-Vashon and Vashon-Fauntleroy, but not for the Point Defiance-Tahlequah boat, as proposed earlier.

The next step would be for the Legislature to allocate $1.2 million this session to start putting it into play. Of that, $900,000 would go toward automatic vehicle measuring devices and $300,000 to add the stored-ride feature of ORCA for multi-ride cards.