After a two-year freeze on ferry fares, the Washington Transportation Commission is considering raising all fares 2.5 percent on Oct. 11.

After a two-year freeze on ferry fares, the Washington Transportation Commission is considering raising all fares 2.5 percent on Oct. 11.

The fare increase was proposed by Washington State Ferries as a way to raise money for the financially troubled ferry system.

Public hearings on the proposal will be held around Puget Sound, and a final hearing will be held Sept. 8 in Seattle, when commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal.

Among other ferry proposals:

• The tollbooth surcharge would be eliminated for multiride fare purchases.

• To help with fare equality, the San Juan inter-island fares would be increased another 5 percent on top of the 2.5 percent increase.

• Instead of the ferry service paying fire districts for fire protection at terminals, fire districts on emergency calls would get free passage on ferries.