Only two round trips between St. John and Charlotte Amalie are now being made daily, compared to six previously, according to the St. John Source. Transportation Services and Varlack Ventures blamed equipment problems for the cutback.
The remaining trips are scheduled for the convenience of commuters. “Most of the trips in the middle of the day have no one on them,” said Kenrick C. Augustus, general manager for Transportation Services. He said two of his company’s three ferries have been out of commission. With fare hikes expected to be approved for all ferry rides, by the Public Service Commission, Augustus said “The expected cash flow increase is going to put both us and Varlack Ventures in a much better position for asset increase (new boats) and preventive vessel maintenance.”