A few days after the Port Authority decided to start collecting a 25-cent/person “usage fee” at Red Hook's Fredericks Marine terminal, the Public Service Commission approved a 40% increase in the basic fare across Pillsbury Sound.
The PSC set the new rate at $7 for adults and $2 for children, up from $5 and $1. The luggage charge was also increased 50% from $2 to $3 per bag.
This means the cost for a family of four, with one bag each, to cross from Red Hook to St. John will be $30. Plus, there’s the taxi fare from the airport which, for me at least, never seems to be the same. Let’s assume it’s the posted price of $15 for the 1st person, and $11 for additional people. Now the round trip cost, airport to Cruz Bay is about $156.
We’re starting to talk real money.
Read the St. John Source report of the fare increase. http://www.onepaper.com/stjohnvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1223616999