Joint Transportation Committee
Ferries Fare Media Study

This study will evaluate alternative fare media for the Washington State Ferries (WSF). The legislature seeks a fare payment approach that accommodates the new ferry reservation system and will work with a demand management pricing system. The objective is for a simpler fare structure and for the fare media to provide interoperability with regional payment methods. This study will involve the JTC, the Transportation Commission, WSF, and others as appropriate.
Budget: $200,000
Consultant: Cedar River Group, BERK, IBI
Schedule: Consultant estimated to begin work mid-August; draft final report December 16.
JTC Staff: Gene Baxstrom lead; Mary Fleckenstein, back-up
HTC and STC Staff: Debbie Driver, Christie Parker and Hayley Gamble     

Washington State Ferries Fare Media Study Final Report -January 2012
Washington State Ferries Fare Media Study Final Report Executive Summary -January 2012

Past Meetings: ​

Presentation to JTC January 4, 2011
Fare Media Study Presentation
Fare Media Study Draft Final Report

Policy Workgroup Meeting - December 15, 2011
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
John A. Cherberg, Hearing Room 4  
Fare Media Study Presentation  
DRAFT Policy Options White Paper - December 2011  

Policy Workgroup Meeting - November 30, 2011
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
John A. Cherberg, Hearing Room 3

Policy Workgroup Meeting - November 8, 2011
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Plaza Building-WSDOT 600 Stewart Street, Seattle (across from Westin in downtown)
Room: Evergreen Point & Lake Washington Conference rooms on 5th floor
Fare Media Study Presentation
Interoperability and Fare Media Draft White Paper

Policy Workgroup Meeting - October 12, 2011
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Washington State Transportation Commission Board Room

DRAFT Situation Assessment Report
Fare Media Study Presentation
Draft Fare System Evaluation Criteria
WSTC Fare Media Survey Draft Topics
WSF Customer & Household Data

Staff Workgroup Meeting - October 5, 2011
Draft Situation Assessment   
Draft Fare System Evaluation Criteria   
Comment Responses   

Staff Workgroup Meeting - August 29, 2011
Fare Setting Roles and Responsibilities  
Fares Revenue Ridership Trends     
Tariff Policy History and Elements  
Legislative Direction on Fare Setting