Barge fees to rise

The V.I. Port Authority has authorized higher fees for vehicles and cargo shuttling between red Hook and St. John, and also made "temporary" ferry fare hikes permanent.  Cars and small sport-utility vehicles will pay $3 to the Authority for a one-way crossing, $6 per round trip, the Virgin Islands Daily News reported.  This is in addition to the fees paid the barge companies.  Vehicles carrying cargo will be charged $20 to $30 per day.  The new fees are lower than originally announced by the Port Authority, the newspaper said.  It reported Authority chairman Robert O’Connor, a St. Johnian, personally met with the agency’s executive director after receiving complaints.  "The director has some leeway," O’Connor was quoted.

The Public Services Commission also $5 as the adult one-way Red Hook to St. John ferry fee, and $10 from Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie, the St. John Source reported.  The Commission also reduced by $1, to $2, the fee charged for each piece of luggage.

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