In reporting the Public Service Commission's decision to cut 50% of the ferry service between Cruz Bay and Charlotte Amalie until fall, both stories gave little attention to the suggestion from the PSC chairman that the service be eliminated, period.
That came after the Commission heard a consultant say the STJ-STT route is a money-maker only during the winter months. Overall, the downtown route lost $450,000 last year, he said.
So, Chairman Joseph Boschulte raised the idea of killing the route.
The Source quoted him saying that if the ferry companies are franchised to get a six-to-eight percent return, “then you should be getting a six-to-eight percent rate of return. When is it time to pull the plug?”
Pull this, Mr. Boschulte!
The ferry companies asked the PSC for permission to cut all the downtown runs right away. But the Commission refused and ordered half-service until Nov. 1. (Leave CB 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 3:45 p.m.
Return 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.)
- Here's the Daily News story: http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17638458
- Here's the Source story: http://stjohnsource.com/content/news/local-news/2009/08/12/psc-halves-cruz-bay-downtown-stthomas-ferry-runs