What cost you $3 last February will cost you almost 3 times as much this February, thanks to a second fare increase in five months for the Red Hook ferries and a new baggage charge. The regular fare has been boosted to $5 one-way. You and two bags … $11. Last year, $3. The fare from St. John to Charlotte Amalie has been raised to $11.50, plus baggage fees. (I knew this was coming last year when I saw seeing "Tips Accepted" cans on the barges.)
The $5 one-way fare was approved by the V.I. Public Services Commission. The PSC calls the increased fare "temporary", but acknowledges that while fuel prices have skyrocketed, the price was $3 from 1989 until this year. A $2/bag fee, instituted in August, has been increased to $3.