Notice of Public Comment Opportunity: Guemes Ferry Vessel Replacement Surcharge

Photo from Skagit County website / Guemes Island Ferry Replacement Project

The Board of Skagit County Commissioners has determined that the M/V (Motor Vessel) Guemes has reached the end of its useful and economic life, meaning that it now needs to be replaced.

Photo from Skagit County website – featuring concept design of proposed ferry.

The Board is considering implementing a ferry vessel replacement surcharge (per RCW 36.54.200) of $1.00 per adult passenger fare sold, $0.50 per senior/youth/disabled passenger fare sold, $1.00 per motorcycle fare sold, $2.00 per vehicle fare sold, and $5.00 per oversize vehicle fare sold. Frequent-user punch card prices would be adjusted and discounted accordingly.

Other proposed changes to the fare schedule include extending the expiration of vehicle punch cards from 90 to 120 days and eliminating the fee for bicycles. More details about this proposal can be found by clicking here. This proposal may be approved, modified, or rejected by the Board of Skagit County Commissioners. The public’s views for or against this project are invited by attendance, representation, or letter.

Email comments are preferred, and can be sent to with the proposal name “Ferry Vessel Replacement Surcharge” in the subject line. It is requested that those who email their comments include the comments in the body of the email message, rather than including them as attachments. Paper comments must be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and mailed or delivered to:

Comments on proposed “Ferry Vessel Replacement Surcharge”
Skagit County Public Works Department
1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

All comments must be received by April 27, 2018, and should include the full name and mailing address of the person submitting the comments.

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