Ferry Rates On the Rise

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The Suffolk County Legislature has approved a rate increase for South Ferry Inc., the ferry service that connects Shelter Island and North Haven.?The vote in Hauppauge on March 18, which came without debate, was taken after Cliff Clark, president and CEO of South Ferry, asked the lawmakers for their support. The legislature regulates ferries that operate within the county.?The hike is only the second rate increase the company has asked for in the last 11 years, he said, and it is sorely needed because South Ferry is facing higher fuel costs and is spending $2 million to build a new ferry.?”We need you,” Mr. Clark said. “We’re really up against it at this point.”?Pending approval by County Executive Steve Levy, the rate changes include an increase in the one-way fare for cars and drivers and any passengers from $10 to $12 and a jump from $12 to $15 for round-trip fares on the same day. The 10 round-trip fare book for Shelter Island residents would go from $47 to $52 and for a 10 round-trip fare book sold to the general public, the price would go from $77 to $85.?The $1 fare each way for foot passengers will remain the same, but the charge for a bicyclist and her or his bicycle would go from $3 to $4 one-way and $5 to $6 round-trip.?

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