The St. John Chamber of Commerce's call for people to express opposition to the VI Port Authority's plan to install a turnstile at Red Hook (see below) has met with some success.
"Ken Hobson, Executive Director of VIPA, just called to let (us) know that the VIPA Board has decided to reassess the turnstile situation," said the Chamber's Kate Norfleet and Don Porter in an e-mail.
Hobson explained that the ferry's ticket salespeople were reluctant to collect a (25 cent) fee for the Port Authority which would be earmarked for maintenance of the Red Hook terminal.
The PA is going to go back to the ticket sellers to renegotiate with them, to eliminate the confusion of paying a ticket at one desk and then putting a coin in a turnstile for the Port Authority.
"The ticket sellers will most likely have to go before Public Service Commission for this to happen as the ticket price is controlled by PSC review and the perception that the ferry fee has increased illegally is of concern to the sellers," Porter and Norfleet explained. (And you can bet that some ferry riders would take out their frustration on ticket sellers, occasionally."