New guidelines approved for Lummi Island ferry's reduced ticket


The Lummi Island ferry will sell reduced-fare tickets to people who qualify as "very low income" under federal guidelines, not according to a fixed amount set by the county, the Whatcom County Council decided on Tuesday, July 23.

The 7-0 council vote also moves the location for purchasing needs-based tickets from the county Treasurer's Office to the Public Works Administration Building, 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham.

The new qualifications and location will be in effect within 60 days.

A family of four will qualify for the reduced fare in 2013 if it earns $34,900 or less a year, according to the federal standards, which change yearly. The county standard has been $40,000 for a family of four.

The reduced price of a 10-ticket pass for a vehicle and passenger is $66, and the standard fare for 10 round trips is $102.

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