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      State mulls another ferry fare hike; hearings scheduled

      SEATTLE (AP) - The state Transportation Commission is holding five public hearings on proposed increases in ferry fares.

      The first is Monday on board the San Juan Islands inter-island ferry. Others will be Wednesday in Coupeville, Thursday at Vashon Island, July 15 at Bainbridge Island and July 16 at Port Orchard.

      The commission plans to make a final decision on fares at its July 30 meeting in Seattle.

      The commission says increases of 2 to 3 percent this year and next are needed to meet the revenue targets set by the Legislature.
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