Ferries still weighing price rise

Transportation Services and Varlack Ventures are gathering information to justify their request to raise fares from the $3 level where they have been since 1989.  In the meantime. But, while the Public Service Commission decides, a surcharge on passenger tickets between St. Thomas and St. John is still in effect, the Virgin Island Daily News reported. 

The $1 charge for adults and 50-cents for senior citizens and children had been set to expire at the end of December. 

An attorney for the ferries said the companies are losing money on the inter-island service and only their charter and excursion services are keeping the ferries afloat.  A public accountant who has been charged with making a rate recommendation is expected to make his report to the PSC this week, the newspaper reported.

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