WHATCOM ­— On Jan. 1, 2021, the Ferry Division of county Public Works increased the maximum gross vehicle weight for personal vehicles on the Whatcom Chief ferry from 8,000 pounds to 11,000 pounds. This increase applies to all $13 single-ride round trips and all multi-ride punch cards for the vehicle and driver (dark blue and medium blue) including needs-based (gold) multi-ride punch cards.

  “The same vehicle in a newer model year can have a higher GVW than an older model of the same truck, and under the previous system that newer model would not have qualified for the $13 rate,” said ferrymaster Rich Hudson. “We’ve fixed this issue by increasing the maximum weight range. This will ensure that our riders who drive larger personal trucks will continue to pay the $13 fare and not be subject to a higher cost meant for very large vehicles.”

  When the current stock of pre-printed multi-ride cards is exhausted, the new printing will show the increased vehicle limit. Until the new cards are released, punch cards with the old “up to 8,000 pounds” wording will be accepted for the increased weight of up to 11,000 pounds.

  For more details related to this rate structure change, email ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us or call 360-778-6200.